Stephen Hawking, who some call the most brilliant mind in the history of all of mankind, will be flying off into space someday soon. The theoretical physics genius has been granted the opportunity and garnered an invitation from none other than Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin mogul, with his planned Spaceship venture ‘Virgin Galactic’, which was originally meant to be happening in 2009, but due to unforeseen problems and disasters, it had been delaying the space escapade altogether.
However, it would seem that despite these technical delays, Stephen Hawking will indeed still be leaving Earth aboard Richard Branson’s spaceship. He told Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, that he never dreamed he would be able to go to space. Hawking said, “Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately”.
It almost sounds like something out of a science fiction film, doesn’t it? Stephen Hawking said, “I can tell you what will make me happy, to travel in space, I have already completed a zero gravity flight which allowed me to float, weightless, but my ultimate ambition is to fly into space”.
So, Richard Branson is making Hawking’s dream come true, for the man who was struck down with (ALS) amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1963, at age 21, in his final year at Oxford, which was chronicled so emotionally well in the wonderful film, starring Eddie Redmayne, called ‘The Theory of Everything’. Let’s have a quick look at this memorable scene, a performance by the actor, which naturally helped get Eddie Redmayne an Oscar for his performance.
If you haven’t seen the film, then we suggest that you watch it. “While there is life, there is hope”. And, if that isn’t enough inspiration for you today, then nothing else might inspire you, ever again.
Stephen Hawking said that apart from having three children, which has brought him much joy, all he ever wanted to do was to travel into space.
Here’s Stephen Hawking enjoying his zero gravity flight in 2007, alongside some very cheery urban latino music, however, we don’t think that was the original soundtrack for the moment, but it does put a smile on your face, doesn’t it?
So, when will Virgin Galactic be off into space, as yet no date has been confirmed? We await the news, but the joys for a man who hasn’t been able to walk since the age of 21, is clear to be understood, once he will be one of the few that is able to journey into space instead.
Watch this space, as they say, for Stephen Hawking has lift off and hopefully someday soon.
Perhaps, even Elon Musk, should’ve thought of this, inviting Mr. Stephen Hawking to boldly go, where hardly no man has gone before?
What’s paramount is of course “safety” and Sir Richard Branson has a great track record of that, so we look forward to see them aboard Virgin Galactic, up in space.
Here you can watch Piers Morgan speaking to Stephen Hawking, have a look, we might not agree on everything (Politics), but we agree that this space venture is really within his remit.
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