A Russian Soyuz spacecraft lifted off early this morning carrying Anousheh Ansari, who helped to fund the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for the first commercial spaceship.

Not only is Ansari the first woman to pay her own way into space, she’s also the first blogger. The blog is presided over by X PRIZE founder and chair Peter Diamandis. Diamandis will post emails and photos from Ansari during Ansari’s eight-day visit to the International Space Station via a $250,000 data link paid for by the foundation. Diamandis’s own commentary is a also a rare treat and not to be missed.

Ansari says space fans will get a chance to chat with her in person at this year’s X PRIZE Cup in Las Cruces, New Mexico late next month.