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Is This Woman Set To Be The First Turk In Space?

Ahu Aysel, owner of a hotel chain and ex-wife of the owner of Istanbul's most popular soccer team, has paid big bucks for the chance at becoming the first Turkish citizen to go into space. She must be chosen in a lottery to board a commercial fli

Ahu Aysal pictured with Paris Hilton in March 2008 (www.ahuaysalkerimoglu.com)
Ahu Aysal pictured with Paris Hilton in March 2008 (www.ahuaysalkerimoglu.com)

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ISTANBUL - A 54 year-old hotel chain owner could become the first Turk to travel into space.

Ahu Aysal - who heads the Unit Tourism and Investment Co. hotel chain, and is the ex-wife of Ünal Aysal, the CEO of Galatasaray soccer team - is aiming to become the first Turk to travel to space. Aysal paid a $95,000 registration fee to a Dutch firm that plans to begin commercial flights into space in 2014. Aysel joins 200 other applicants, who will enter a lottery to determine who gets to make the trip first.

If all goes as planned, Aysal will have the opportunity to experience four minutes in an environment without gravity on a trip that should last about one hour.

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Fading Flavor: Production Of Saffron Declines Sharply

Saffron is well-known for its flavor and its expense. But in Kashmir, one of the flew places it grows, cultivation has fallen dramatically thanks for climate change, industry, and farming methods.

Photo of women harvesting saffron in Kashmir

Harvesting of Saffron in Kashmir

Mubashir Naik

In northern India along the bustling Jammu-Srinagar national highway near Pampore — known as the saffron town of Kashmir —people are busy picking up saffron flowers to fill their wicker baskets.

During the autumn season, this is a common sight in the Valley as saffron harvesting is celebrated like a festival in Kashmir. The crop is harvested once a year from October 21 to mid-November.

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