A Caribbean mother has gained two tickets to house — and is taking her NASA-obsessed daughter together with her.
Keisha Schahaff, 44, was filmed screaming with delight when Richard Branson shocked her at her residence in Antigua with two tickets for a future Virgin Galactic house flight.
‘You’re going to house!” the 71-year-old British billionaire instructed the well being coach of the 2 free tickets value $450,000 every.
Seconds earlier than her shock go to, Schahaff had instructed Branson and a few of his workforce in a Zoom name that she “all the time dreamt of life past Earth.”
“I all the time consider desires can come true — perhaps not on this lifetime, however it should come true ultimately,” she had instructed them, not realizing they had been chatting from a van exterior her residence.
“My daughter needs to come back with me. She says, ‘Don’t you dare take anyone else!’” she instructed them of the 17-year-old astrophysics pupil who desires of working for NASA.
After Branson — who beat Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to be the primary billionaire in house — shocked Schahaff and handed over her astronaut uniform, they video-called her daughter, Ana, who’s learning within the UK.
“You and your mom are going to house!” Branson instructed 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 Area for Humanity, which goals to open “entry to house for all of humanity.”
A date for her flight has but to be set — and she or he joins a line of 700 within the “Future Astronaut neighborhood” who’ve purchased tickets, Virgin Galactic confirmed to Agence France-Presse.
Nonetheless, Schahaff instructed Folks journal that it’s “an unimaginable dream come true for each” her and her teen daughter.
“I barely have the phrases to seize my pleasure,” instructed the magazine.
“To be the primary astronaut proper now from the Caribbean Islands is such an honor. I wish to carry the flag of Antigua and Barbuda to house with me!
“Proper now, I’m making an attempt to reside within the second, take all of it in and I hope my daughter and I — as a future astronaut!— might be an inspiration for ladies and women in every single place.”
Branson mentioned it had all the time been his purpose to “give folks of all ages and backgrounds equal entry to house.”
“I couldn’t be happier to see the mission of Virgin Galactic come to life,” he mentioned.