In a statement released by Zero Gravity, Hawking said, "As someone who has studied gravity and black holes all of my life, I am excited to experience, firsthand, weightlessness and a zero-gravity environment. I am thankful to Zero Gravity Corp. for making this experience available to the general public, especially for disabled individuals."
Zero Gravity's CEO, Peter Diamandis (who is also the chairman of the X Prize Foundation), said having Hawking as a passenger would be "truly an honor. Our mission is to make the excitement and adventure of space and weightlessness accessible and enjoyable. Flying Professor Hawking helps us demonstrate how this unique experience, once available only to astronauts, is now available to everyone."
It has been rumored that fellow Brit and Virgin Galactic's billionaire founder, Richard Branson, might help with Stephen's next dream, to actually fly in space.
Good luck Dr. Hawking!
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