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Virgin Galactic will send the first winner into space

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On Wednesday, Virgin Galactic announced The space tourism company's first winner to be sent into space, The Verge reports.The winner, Keisha S. is a health coach from Antigua and Barbuda. She will be the first person from the Caribbean island to visit space and hopes to bring her daughter, who studies astrophysics, on board as a guest.

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"I have loved flying all my life and have been fascinated by space," Keisha said in a press release. It really is a dream come true for me."

The raffle was conducted in partnership with Omaze, a fundraising company, and Space for Humanity, a non-profit organization that wants to ensure an inclusive future in Space.

Virgin Galactic announced plans in July to draw out the winners of two seats on its spaceship, following the successful launch and return of its Unity 22 mission, which took Virgin Galactic founders Richard & Middot; Branson into space. According to Virgin Galactic, more than 100,000 people donated to the raffle,The campaign attracted an estimated $1.7 million in the eight weeks after its launch in July.Proceeds will benefit Human Space and its citizen astronaut program.

In 2021, a new era of private and civilian space missions begins. The first group of commoners stood out for their extreme wealth, including Amazon founder Jeff Middot; Bezos and Branson of Virgin Galactic. More private individuals are paying hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to reserve a seat on future flights.

But companies and wealthy space tourists have also been working to make trips accessible to those who can't afford them themselves. In September, SpaceX's Inspiration4 space flight included billionaire financier Jared Isaacman and three others, and Issacman gave away three seats it had purchased to private citizens.

In addition to winning a ticket to space, Keisha also won a visit to Spaceport America in New Mexico. There is no word yet on when her trip will take place.

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