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.”


  1. joe says

    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”.

  2. says

    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! ^_^

  3. Chaq says

    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.

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