Mother and daughter will make history when they head to space this week

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The pair will be the first mother and daughter and first from the Caribbean in space next week on a commercial voyage.

Australia News, Australia Headlines competition winners will become the first mother and daughter duo in space this week, when they join Virgin Galactic 02, the second commercial spaceflight from Richard Branson's exploration company.

Anastatia Mayers and Keisha Schahaff from Antigua and Barbuda, will also be the first people from the Caribbean in space.Her mother Keisha Schahaff won the seats on the flight through a competition aiming to "send more diverse humans to space and change perspectives". The Antigua woman said in a video on the Virgin Galactic website she was on a plane with her daughter to the UK when she entered."'Would you like to be an astronaut, would you like to go to space?When she found out she won, Ms Schahaff said she immediately chose her daughter as her mission companion.

"When I was asked the question, 'I won two seats, who's coming with me?' Anna looked at me and she says, 'Mum if anyone's going to space with you it should be me,'" she said.Ms Mayers is studying philosophy and physics at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland."There's so many other people like me who want to do something involving space and don't think they have the opportunity to do that.

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