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Stephen Hawking To Go Weightless in April

By March 1, 2007

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According to MSNBC, renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, will fly aboard Zero Gravity Corporation's zero-gravity airplane, flying out of NASA's Kennedy Space Center next month. This may be the first step towards allowing Hawking, who is almost completely paralyzed due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also know as Lou Gehrig's Disease), to fly into space.

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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March 1, 2007 at 12:37 pm
(1) Deborah White says:

This is the coolest story I’ve read today. How wonderful for Stephen Hawking to experience the weightlessnes and space that he’s devoted his life to exploring from his chair!

March 1, 2007 at 3:13 pm
(2) Jodi says:

I have been a “follower” of Stephen Hawking’s work for a few years. I respect and appreciate his theorems and studies. To all who have not read any of his works, please read “A Brief History of Time.” It is available in “general public” format as well, easily understandable. I am so happy for him and I know that this is one of his dreams, based on the lifelong accomplishments he has achieved through the brilliant workings of his mind.

March 6, 2007 at 1:48 am
(3) Jo Lavender says:

Somehow, I think it is only fair that a man who has written so much about space should be allowed to experience travelling there. Dr. Hawking, bon voyage.

March 6, 2007 at 2:31 pm
(4) Ralph Grubb-Wheeler says:

Congradulations Dr. Hawkings! You will be creating “A Brief History of Time” nano-segment for yourself. I hope you pass this step so we all can cheer as you go into space and see the stars as only you can imagine them to appear.

March 17, 2007 at 12:31 pm
(5) Augie's Quest says:

Zero G was kind enough to offer four charities seats on this historic flight with Stephen Hawking. If you are interested in being on the flight with Dr. Hawking, visit http://www.bashauction.com to bid.

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