Caribbean mom wins two tickets to space in Virgin Galactic raffle

Keisha Schahaff (second from right) stands next to Sir Richard Branson and team (Photo via ABSTV)
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WASHINGTON, United States (AFP)— A health coach from the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has won two tickets worth almost $1 million to be among Virgin Galactic’s first space tourists, the company said Wednesday.

Keisha Schahaff, 44, said she wanted to take the flight into Earth’s orbit with her 17-year-old daughter, a science student living in Britain who dreams of one day working for NASA. 

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson surprised Schahaff with the news at her home in Antigua and Barbuda in early November.

“I just thought I was doing a zoom interview,” she told AFP. 

“When I saw Richard Branson walking in, I just started screaming! I couldn’t believe it.”

“I always was interested in space as a little girl,” she added. “This is a great opportunity for me to feel alive and to just make the greatest adventure ever.”

Read more at: Jamaica Observer

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