When astrophysicist professor Stephen Hawking was asked on ‘Good Morning Britain’ what would make him happy, he said, “I can tell you what would make me happiest, to travel in space…I thought no one would take me, but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said ‘yes’ immediately.”
Professor Hawking told host Piers Morgan that he has already completed a zero gravity flight in preparation of the thrilling journey.
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Unfortunately, the 75-year-old dream may not become true soon. Not because he is paralyzed and unable to speak after being diagnosed with ALS disease. This never stopped him of being adventurer.
Virgin Galactic project is still working on the development of a suborbital aircraft, the VSS Unity, capable of flying in low orbit at an altitude of 110 kilometers. This spacecraft would allow billionaires to enjoy a view of the earth’s curvature.
Richard Branson having declared in 2015 that: “Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the people I admire most in the world, an undisputed genius who has opened our eyes to the wonders of the universe, while also happening to be a kind and delightful man. He is the only person I have given a free ticket with Virgin Galactic, and he is signed up to fly as a Future Astronaut with us if his health permits it.
“We are very honored that Stephen has agreed to help us unveil our new spaceship in February if he is feeling well enough.” Richard Branson continues.
“He has long been an inspirational for all the team, as well as an enthusiastic advocate for our goals of democratizing access to space for the benefit of life on earth.”
Let’s hope that the space lover’s health will hold. We really want to see Stephen Hawking in space.