Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the most famous minds, is known for his work in the mysteries of gravity, and he will soon see the biggest dream of his life become a reality. According to the famous scientist, he is going to travel in space!
In an interview with Piers Morgan at ITV's Good Morning Britain, Hawking said:
"My ultimate ambition is to fly into space. I thought no one would get me, but Richard Branson offered me a seat at Virgin Galactic, and I said yes right away. "
The fact is particularly remarkable for everyone, and especially for Stephen Hawking, who suffers from ALS, a disease that keeps him immobile longer than 40 years. The scientist, as you know, is constantly seated on a specially designed wheelchair and communicates using a text-to-speech system that he controls by using a sensor activated by a muscle on his cheek.
You can watch the part of the interview in the following video (starts at 9: 05):
Although it will be the first time that Hawking will travel in space, it is not the first time in a non-gravity environment. 2007 tested zero gravity conditions on a specially modified Boeing 727-200 aircraft.
Sir Richard Branson, who founded Virgin Galactic, told 2015 that he hopes to be able to get Stephen Hawking into space, and that he offers him a free ticket he could use if his health permits.
Let's mention that a flight with eight-seat SpaceShipTwo of Virgin Galactic will cost 250.000 dollars and that to date there are 700 stakeholders waiting for a place on a trip. According to Forbes, SpaceShipTwo could start at the end of 2017, but Virgin Galactic says it will not transport space tourists.