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August 24, 2006

Into space... with Iranian & American flags
The new crew of the next manned mission to the international space station, from left, U.S. astronaut Miguel Lopez-Alegria, U.S. entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin head for the final preflight examination at Russian Space Training Center in Star City outside Moscow, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006. On Monday, officials said Japanese businessman Daisuke Enomoto, who was to blast off for the ISS on Sept. 14, had failed a medical test. Ansari will fly to the international space station next month, becoming the first woman to make a paid voyage to the station, news agencies reported. Ansari, born in Iran, is a co-founder of the Texas-based company Telecom Technologies Inc. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)
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