44-year-old woman from Antigua and Barbuda. Virgin Galactic
The Virgin Galactic company announced on Wednesday the winner of two tickets for a space trip: a 44-year-old woman living in Antigua and Barbuda, who obtained the tickets, sold for $ 450,000 , thanks to a simple raffle.
Keisha Schahaff decided that she will be accompanied by her 17-year-old daughter, a science student who is currently in the UK and dreams of working for NASA.
The news came to him from Virgin Galactic’s founder himself , British mogul Richard Branson, who appeared at his home in early November.
“When I saw Richard Branson come in, I started crying. I couldn’t believe it!” Schahaff said.
“As a child, I was always fascinated by space,” she added.
You do not have a flight date yet
Schahaff won the award after participating in a fundraiser organized by Virgin Galactic, which raised $ 1.7 million – from 165,000 participants – for the NGO Space for Humanity, which advocates for greater access to space.
Women will be among the “first astronauts” of Virgin Galactic , but his place on the waiting list has not been determined, according to a spokeswoman.
Virgin Galactic has already pre-sold about 700 tickets to travel to space.
The goal is to sell 1,000 before the launch of the first commercial flights, the first of which is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2022.