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Lottery win: mother and daughter will fly into space

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Free flight with Virgin Galactic: mother and daughter win a trip to space

Keisha Schaaf and her 17-year-old daughter will soon be throwing this look down on Earth.

Keisha Schaaf and her 17-year-old daughter will soon be throwing this look down on Earth.

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A Caribbean woman has won two tickets totaling $900,000 for a trip to space. The main award was handed to her personally by Richard Branson via Zoom.

Keisha Shaf can hardly believe her luck. The 44-year-old from the Caribbean state of Antigua and Barbuda participated in an online platform the lottery Share, which raised money for an NGO that wants to give people access to space.

The minimum contribution was ten dollars. Over eight weeks, 165,000 people participated, raising $1.7 million. He did not know how much shehaf paid.

The winner wants to take her 17-year-old daughter into space, like the company of British billionaire Virgin Galactic Richard Branson announced. The teenager is currently studying astrophysics in Great Britain and dreams of a job at NASA.

Branson personally informed the 44-year-old that she had won the two tickets, each worth $450,000 – and surprised her at home. “I thought I’d just do a Zoom chat,” Schaaf told AFP. “When Richard Branson came I started screaming. I couldn’t believe it.”

On July 11, Branson flew into space on an acclaimed test flight around the world with one of his company’s spacecraft. Commercial operation is scheduled to begin at the end of 2022. Virgo Galaxy She sold about 700 tickets according to her own information. The company competes with private space provider Blue Origin, which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

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