The Mashhadi Blasts Off

Anousheh Ansari, born in Mashhad, blasts off to become the first female space tourist and the first Iranian in space.

Here are a few more sources: Anousheh's weblog contains reports of the space journey. Her personal website comes in Persian, too. NASA reports the launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Washington Post carries a more detailed article on Ansari's space journey.

(On the city of Mashhad, you can also check e-Mashhad.)
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