Picture Caption: Antigua and Barbuda astronauts Anastatia Mayers and Keisha Schahaff alongside CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) Colin C. James, and ABTA US Director of Tourism Dean Fenton (Picture courtesy: Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority)

Keisha and Ana made historical past as the primary mother-daughter duo to enterprise to area aboard the Virgin Galactic Unity 02 flight

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NM, UNITED STATES, August 10, 2023/ — In an awe-inspiring show of human achievement, Keisha Schahaff and her daughter Anastatia Mayers of Antigua and Barbuda have etched their names within the celestial chronicles as they turned the Caribbean’s pioneers in area exploration. Their extraordinary journey commenced on August 10, 2023, because the Virgin Galactic 02 Spacecraft roared to life on the Spaceport America in Reality or Penalties, New Mexico.

The anticipation was palpable, and the world held its collective breath as Keisha, Ana, and their fellow crewmate, former 1972 Olympian Jon Goodwin, launched into a voyage that symbolized the epitome of braveness, willpower, and the relentless pursuit of the celebs. The launch not solely marked a number of historic milestones within the realm of area journey but in addition stood as a testomony to the indomitable spirit of the human race, and Virgin Galactic’s mission of broadening entry to area.

At eighteen years of age, Ana is the youngest particular person (by two weeks) ever to go to area. Keisha and Ana are additionally the primary mom and daughter and the primary folks from the Caribbean to make the journey into the cosmos, and solely the sixth and seventh Black girls to journey to area.

All the nation of Antigua and Barbuda united in a jubilant show of nationwide delight, a convincing refrain of celebration echoing from the sun-soaked seashores to the center of each village and city. The Virgin Galactic World Livestream of the spaceflight was broadcast on huge screens at a public Watch Social gathering in Antigua, with photos of the native Antigua festivities in flip beamed out to the worldwide viewers. Astronaut Christopher Huie supplied stay commentary and in addition interviewed Antigua’s Prime Minister on what this distinctive event meant to the dual island nation.

The resonance of this monumental feat reverberated globally, serving as a beacon of inspiration and a supply of unity that transcended borders.

In tandem with the launch festivities, a separate but poignant occasion unfolded in Antigua and Barbuda as Sir Richard Branson, the visionary architect of Virgin Galactic, was honored by the Prime Minister with an beautiful wooden carving of a sailboat—a token of gratitude that encapsulates the nation’s deep-seated maritime heritage. In reciprocation, Sir Richard Branson offered the Prime Minister with a meticulously crafted, to-scale reproduction of the Virgin Galactic 02 Spacecraft, a logo of the shared journey in the direction of limitless horizons.

Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Gaston Browne remarked, “Immediately, as we commemorate Keisha and Ana’s extraordinary odyssey, we’re reminded that our roots in Antigua and Barbuda run as deep because the infinite expanse of area. Their achievement embodies the essence of our nation—unyielding willpower, boundless aspiration, and a dedication to forging new frontiers.”

The Minister of Tourism of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Charles “Max” Fernandez, additionally shared within the pleasure, stating, “Keisha and Ana’s historic journey beckons the world to expertise the wonders of Antigua and Barbuda, the place boundless horizons meet pristine landscapes. Their voyage embodies the spirit of journey that defines our nation.”

As for Keisha, upon her secure return to Earth, she had this to say, “…that was probably the most wonderful factor I’ve ever achieved, and…Antigua went to area! A childhood dream has come true. I’ve been to area and again with my daughter…everybody delivered precisely what they mentioned it will be, and if anybody was questioning—Earth is spherical.”

In an period distinguished by the relentless pursuit of progress, Keisha and Ana have etched their legacy among the many stars. Their voyage radiates as a testomony to the fortitude of the human spirit, igniting hope and provoking generations to discover uncharted territories.

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