Virgin Galactic reveals the first winner of a free trip to space
Virgin Galactic has announced the winner of the Omaze Prize. The lottery saw the company giving ordinary people a chance to win two tickets to the edge of space. The winner is Keisha S, a health coach from Antigua and Barbuda. She plans to give the second ticket to her daughter, who turns out to be an astrophysics student.
“I have always loved flying my whole life and the magic of space, and this is truly a dream come true for me,” Kesha said. “And that means the world to me. I hope to share this experience with my daughter, so that together we can inspire the next generation to pursue their dreams.”
While entry to the sweepstakes was free, you can also donate to a charity dedicated to making spaceflight accessible, to earn more entries. Virgin Galactic estimates it has raised about $1.7 million in grants to the organization’s Citizen Astronaut program in this way.
As we noted when the company first announced a sweepstakes, it was a way for Virgin Galactic to create hype for its space tourism efforts. At the same time, it was a moment for private spaceflight. The idea of winning tickets to space wasn’t something anyone could dream of when government-funded agencies were the only organizations that traveled into space.
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