Stephen Hawking, one of the world's most famous physicist and cosmologist, said that he was going into space and will do this, thanks to the Virgin group (and a shred of modern technology). Even in 2015, sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin group, said that one day will be able to bring Hawking to the stars. In a statement, Branson said that this proposal was due to the great respect and admiration that he has for Hawking.
"Professor Stephen Hawking — one of those people that I admire most in the world, the undeniable genius who opened our eyes to the wonders of the Universe, while remaining kind and delightful person. He is the only person I would give a free ticket on Virgin Galactic, and he will fly with us as Future Astronaut ("future astronaut"), if his health will allow".
At the age of 75 years, Hawking is not the oldest astronaut at all (that honor belongs to John Glenn, who went into space aged 77 years), but will be the first person to go into space with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. ALS is a motor-neural disease, which usually leads to death within five years after initial diagnosis. For the first time such a diagnosis Hawking set, when he was 21, and he wasn't expecting to see your 25-year-old birthday.
Fast forward 50 years and here we are.
Space Travel, of course, it's a risky business, especially against the background of health problems. But Hawking seems to still. Hawking's journey into space will also give scientists the opportunity to study the effects of ALS from a new angle, for example, as it manifests itself in microgravity.
Discussing the anticipated event, Hawking said that he never thought he get such an opportunity, and that "immediately accepted". Hawking continued, noting that eagerly awaits a flight, comparing flight into space with the joy of the birth of his three children. "My three children brought me great joy — and I can tell you that space travel will make me happy."
However, Hawking is not the first time happen in microgravity.the
SpaceShipTwo from Virgin is a reusable winged spacecraft designed to carry eight people (including two pilots) into space, and the relationship between Hawking and Virgin Galactic has already formed. Just last year, Hawking — VSS Unity. During a four-minute recorded video Hawking explained that Unity "will help to bring new value to our place on Earth and our responsibility for it will help us to understand our place and future in space where, I believe, it ultimately waiting for us".
In the end, Hawking has long advocated for commercial space flights, and in this regard never ceases to say that he admires the role Virgin Galactic in the democratization of space.
In a recent interview, Hawking said about how important the unifying force of space exploration, especially in terms of the Association of governments from around the globe and inspiration of future generations.
And in the words of Alan stern, the head of the mission "New horizons" to Pluto, businesses like this should create for a number of reasons, but specifically two of them: "Besides the obvious — that we create new knowledge — we create a great society. We are making history in a sense. People will read about it, not days and weeks later, and tens and hundreds of years. This marks our time in order to aspire to our society, which wants to become something more".
In Short, things in which we invest (whether sport, war or science) directly reflect the values that we have and the society we are currently building. And, as is evident from this revelation, Hawking truly believes in what, to go where no one has yet been — or at least there were few.
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