ANASTATIA MAYERS made headlines when she was chosen as one of the lucky few to take part in Virgin Galactic’s first space tourism flight.
Here’s everything you need to know about the second youngest person to ever go into space.
Who is Anastatia Mayers?
Anastatia Mayers is from Antigua and is a university student who won tickets to fly into space aboard Virgin Galactic’s Galactic 02 mission, the first ever space tourism flight.
According to her official bio on Virgin Galactic’s website, Anastatia is a student at the University ofin Scotland, where she studied physics and philosophy.
“Philosophy and physics make an interesting combination, but it expresses my love for bothand my curiosity about how the world works,” remarked the 18-year-old.
Along with her mother, Keisha Schahaff, she is the first mother-daughter duo to fly into space. They are also the first Caribbean residents to do so.
Speaking to her university’s journal, Anastatia said she was proud to have made history.
“It’s amazing. I think it’s a very eye-opening and grounding realization to be part of this group. I hope this can be an inspiration to other people who fit my criteria and that it inspires people to think bigger To have dreams and make their dreams come true.”
Who is Anastatia’s mother, Keisha Schahaff?
Keisha Schahaff is an entrepreneur and health and wellness coach from Antigua and Barbuda.
The mother of two also previously worked as a flight attendant.
In her bio, she noted that she is “passionate about empowering women to live their best life.”
According to Keisha, she has always been fascinated by space travel and has dreamed of exploring the cosmos since she was a child.
“When I was two years old and just looking at the sky, I thought, ‘How do I get there?’ But being from the Caribbean, I didn’t think something like this could be possible,” she said.
“The fact that I’m here and the first to go into space from Antigua shows that space is indeed becoming more accessible.”
How were you selected for the Virgin Galactic mission?
Anastatia and Keisha won tickets to participate in the Galactic 02 mission in a fundraiser raffle benefiting the non-profit organization Space for Humanity.
Keisha won the November 2021 draw and at the time expressed her desire to have her daughter with her.
“I can’t find the words to express my excitement,” she told People.
“I entered the sweepstakes after seeing an ad while taking my daughter to school, but who would have thought I’d actually win.”
“My daughter is studying MINT and would like to work thereand I hope to share this experience with her because it would be an incredible dream come true for both of us, for our whole lives .”
Just like her mother, Anastatia has always wanted to explore space.
Thanks to her mother, who considers her her “biggest supporter”, she is glad she was given this opportunity.
“I am very grateful that I can do this with my mother. There is no one else I would experience something like this with,” she said.
“I don’t think there’s anything else that connects me more than that. It’s so comforting to know she’s with me.”
“It’s a very big event, it’s overwhelming in itself and it’s very comforting to have my mum with me and the opportunity to support each other.”