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Stephen Hawking, Freed from Earthly Handicap, Flies


Now that's a picture.

Professor Stephen Hawking, wheelchair-bound due to Lou Gehrig's disease for nearly 40 years and unable to speak or move his arms and legs, became the first person with such a disability to experience weightlessness on a zero-gravity jet.

Hawking said on Thursday: "I want to demonstrate to the public that anybody can participate in this type of weightless experience. I have been wheelchair-bound for almost four decades. The chance to float free in zero-g will be wonderful."

His verdict? "It was amazing."

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  1. Yeah, ANYONE, who has a few thousand dollars to spare.

    Posted by: Zeke | Apr 27, 2007 12:49:22 PM

  2. wooo. I guess he'd better get in all the fun and excitement now because YOU'RE ALL GONNA DIE DOWN THERE!

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Apr 27, 2007 12:49:23 PM

  3. FANTASTIC!!!! What a marvelous event for such a brilliant, brilliant man!

    Posted by: Rad | Apr 27, 2007 1:11:16 PM

  4. I don't get Fizzie's comment.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 27, 2007 1:23:31 PM

  5. They rolled Stephen like a hot dog.

    Posted by: Jack! | Apr 27, 2007 1:58:17 PM

  6. Anon, Stephen has expressed the opinion that sooner or later humanity will be wiped out by a disaster, so we better start looking for somewhere else to live. He thinks it will be sooner rather than later. "The odds are increasing".

    Posted by: joe | Apr 27, 2007 2:12:44 PM

  7. Wow, seeing him, a wheelchair bound man, in that state of happiness makes my day. Thanks for sharing such a great picture.

    Posted by: Greg | Apr 27, 2007 2:16:01 PM

  8. Yes, thank you for sharing this photo with us, I am so happy to see Mr Hawking so happy. I was hoping to get some kind of follow up on his zero-g trip. This also has made my day! ^_^

    Posted by: Scott | Apr 27, 2007 2:58:54 PM

  9. I feel so much joy for him!

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 27, 2007 5:13:32 PM


    Posted by: A Fan | Apr 27, 2007 5:55:14 PM

  11. Go Stephen!

    Posted by: mark m | Apr 27, 2007 7:01:19 PM

  12. Totally agree with "A Fan". I LOVE Stephen Hawking, he is one of my heroes; He has done so much to popularise science to the public (including me) which is a wonderful thing. This photo made me smile.

    Posted by: Chaq | Apr 28, 2007 9:36:47 AM

  13. Totally AMAZING. Hawking is an incredible human being. Seeing him free from that wheelchair is really cool.

    Posted by: xavier | Apr 28, 2007 12:30:07 PM

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