One giant leap for starman Hawking


The Sunday Times reports that Steven Hawking is going to take a trip in the “Vomet Comet” to experience up to 25 seconds of weightlessness!

I think that is simply the most wonderful thing that could happen to a man who has studied gravity and physics all his life. He has also been offered a free place on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spacecraft and apparently he has been, “smiling a lot this week”, and I look forward to hearing how he got on.

Hawking, 65, will be lifted out of his wheelchair so that he can enjoy zero gravity when the plane takes off from the shuttle landing facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Meanwhile, I wonder what Ryanair would do if they ran spaceflights? They’d certainly place a surcharge on any extra weight, but at the prices required to lift 1KG of weight they better not overesitimate the weight

Update! I found a photo of his weightless experience here!

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1 thought on “One giant leap for starman Hawking”

  1. That’s cool. I’m glad Stephen Hawkings will get to experience this. I wonder how it would feel, if for his whole life he’s been so restricted in the wheelchair and in zero G it would be possible to have some extra freedom and controlling movement with only moving a few small limbs movements.

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