A Caribbean mother has gained two tickets to space — and is taking her NASA-obsessed daughter along with her.
Keisha Schahaff, 44, was filmed screaming with delight when Richard Branson shocked her at her dwelling in Antigua with two tickets for a future Virgin Galactic space flight.
‘You’re going to space!” the 71-year-old British billionaire advised the well being coach of the 2 free tickets price $450,000 every.
Seconds earlier than her shock go to, Schahaff had advised Branson and a few of his group in a Zoom name that she “always dreamt of life beyond Earth.”
“I always believe dreams can come true — maybe not in this lifetime, but it will come true eventually,” she had advised them, not realizing they have been chatting from a van outdoors her dwelling.
“My daughter wants to come with me. She says, ‘Don’t you dare take anybody else!’” she advised them of the 17-year-old astrophysics scholar who desires of working for NASA.
After Branson — who beat Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to be the primary billionaire in space — shocked Schahaff and handed over her astronaut uniform, they video-called her daughter, Ana, who’s finding out within the UK.
“You and your mother are going to space!” Branson advised the speechless teen.
Schahaff gained the prize forward of almost 165,000 others who entered a sweepstakes that raised $1.7 million for the nonprofit Space for Humanity, which goals to open “access to space for all of humanity.”
A date for her flight has but to be set — and he or she joins a line of 700 within the “Future Astronaut community” who’ve purchased tickets, Virgin Galactic confirmed to Agence France-Presse.
Still, Schahaff told People magazine that it’s “an incredible dream come true for both” her and her teen daughter.
“I barely have the words to capture my excitement,” advised the magazine.
“To be the primary astronaut proper now from the Caribbean Islands is such an honor. I would like to convey the flag of Antigua and Barbuda to space with me!
“Right now, I’m trying to live in the moment, take it all in and I hope my daughter and I — as a future astronaut!— can be an inspiration for women and girls everywhere.”
Branson stated it had all the time been his aim to “give people of all ages and backgrounds equal access to space.”
“I couldn’t be happier to see the mission of Virgin Galactic come to life,” he stated.