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.”