AFTER winning a raffle, Keisha Schahaff and her 18-year-old daughter won a chance to travel to space.
This makes the couple the first mother-daughter duo and Caribbean couple to embark on this journey.
Who is Keisha Schahaff?
Keisha Schahaff, 46, is a health and wellness coach from Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean.
According to Keisha’s LinkedIn, the wellness coach worked for LIAT from 1998 to 2005 as a flight attendant.
In December 2019 she started working for Blue Sky Wellness Coaching.
While Keisha was on a flight to London, she came across an ad for a chance to win a trip to space on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.
Keisha won two free tickets, one for herself and the other for her daughter.
Although their tickets were free, the sweepstakes raised $1.7 million for the charity Space for Humanity.
A ticket is worth approximately $450,000.
In an interview with Virgin Galactic, Keisha recalled the moment she fell in love with space.
Keisha said, “My first interest in space started when I was two years old. I just looked at the sky [I thought] How can I become an astronaut?
“When I was in the Caribbean, I couldn’t imagine how that was possible. So I slowly started to let go of this dream, but the universe was calling me.”
Who is Keisha Schahaff’s daughter Anastatia Mayers?
Anastatia’s journey into space will make her the second youngest person to enter orbit in 2021, after 18-year-old Oliver Daemen.
Anastatia is currently a sophomore in philosophy and physics at Aberdeen University in Scotland.
Speaking about the importance of this opportunity for her, Anastatia said: “It would be very important for me, both in Scotland and Antigua and everywhere else where I have connections.”
“My intention is to just break down any barriers that we put on ourselves or that the world puts on us.”
When is Virgin Galactic launching?
The mother-daughter duo embarked on this journey on August 10, 2023.
Keisha and Anastatia launched into space from New Mexico along with four crew members.
The six people traveled aboard Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity spaceplane.
The experience lasts approximately 90 minutes and the crew has 17 windows to view the earth from.