First Virgin Galactic competition winner to go to space announced

Virgin Galactic has announced its first sweepstakes winner that the space tourism company is sending to space. The winner, a health coach from Antigua and Barbuda, will be the first person from the Caribbean islands to visit space. Keisha S. – her last name is being withheld by Virgin Galactic for privacy reasons – also plans to bring her daughter on the space flight, who studies astrophysics.

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“I’ve always had a lifelong love of flying and a fascination with space,” Keisha said in a press release. “This is truly a dream come true for me.”

The fundraising company Omaze managed the competition with Virgin Galactic, alongside Space for Humanity. Virgin Galactic announced its plan to raffle two seats on its spacecraft in July following a successful launch and return of its Unity 22 mission that sent Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson to space. More than 100,000 people donated to the sweepstakes, raising $1.7 million in the eight weeks that the competition was running.