Stephen Hawking waiting to go into space with Virgin Galactic. The scientist has a seat reserved on SpaceShipTwo
Stephen Hawking reiterated that his greatest ambition was to go into space. The 75-year old scientist, suffering form Lou Gehrig’s disease, has completed a zero gravity flight which allowed him to float and told reporters that a trip into space will make him the happiest.
In an exclusive interview for Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan, Stephen Hawking reiterated that his life’s ambition was to go into space. The scientists said that he completed a zero gravity flight, which allowed him to float and told Morgan that a trip into space will make him the happiest.
This is not the first time that Stephen Hawking talked about his dream of going into space. In a interview he gave to a radio a while back he also told reporters about his ambition but admitted that it was a long shot since he didn’t think that a space slight could be an option for him. Hawking spend most of his life in a wheelchair after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, when he was only 21, and lost control of his muscles.
The amyotrophic lateral sclerosis has gradually paralyzed him over the decades and he is only able to talk with the help of speech synthesiser. When asked about a potential space flight, Hawking says that he always believed that nobody will take him.
Listening to Hawking’s radio address, Virgin Galactic‘s Richard Branson made him an offer he could not refuse. Branson told Hawking that if he wanted to go to space, he will have a seat reserved on the company’s SpaceShipTwo. The offer was made as Stephen Hawking delivered a speech at company’s launch of Virgin Spaceship Unity.
“I said ‘yes’ immediately,” Hawking said in his recorded message. “Since that day, I have never changed my mind. If I am able to go — and if Richard will still take me — I would be very proud to fly on this spaceship.”
Richard Branson talked repeatedly about his admiration of Hawkings and noted that the scientist is the only one to receive a free ticket on SpaceShipTwo. And Branson also honors the scientist in a different way. Stephen Hawkings is forever part of the SpaceShipTwo as a piece of the scientist graces the VSS Unity’s exterior.
“The Galactic Girl on the side of our proud Spaceship Unity now carries a banner using an image of Stephen’s eye,” said Branson at the launch of VVS Unity.
In his interview, Stephen Hawking also talked about present politics, Donald Trump, climate change and the future of the Labour party.