PHOTO: Stephen Hawking is preparing for an out of this world trip. (Photo via Flickr/Lwp Kommunikacio)
He’s spent a lifetime explaining the specifics behind the universe to the world. Now, Stephen Hawking will actually travel into space.
The Independent reports the famed physicist will book travel aboard a future Virgin Galactic voyage to beyond this planet’s atmosphere.
As the report states, Hawking was on “Good Morning Britain” and relayed, “Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately.”
The Washington Post made the interview available:
As Hawking mentions, he has been on a zero-gravity excursion before, but he will now get to experience what it’s like to break the bonds of earth’s gravity and float in space.
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Unfortunately, there is no mention of when this adventure will commence. The Independent reminds that Virgin Galactic has been beset by one disaster after another.
Last February, however, the space tourism arm of Virgin Group unveiled the new spaceship it hopes will one day whisk the truly fortunate to rare heights. And if you are still in the camp that believes this kind of travel is far fetched, Elon Musk’s Space X recently touted its plans to send people around the moon in an astonishing space endeavor for 2018.
Contrary to what you might believe, space travel is very nearly becoming a reality. Although, it will only be a tangible experience for the rich and, in this case, extremely intelligent.