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Stephen Hawking got his wish on Thursday when he experienced weightlessness on board a special plane designed to simulate zero-gravity for 10 to 15 second intervals through a set of steep roller coaster like maneuvers. Mr. Hawking, who is significantly paralyzed from Lou Gehrig’s disease, was lightly tossed and spun by the accompanying crew to his absolute delight. Physicians were concerned that Mr. Hawking could potentially get further damaged, but the world respected author and astrophysicist who claims the future for humanity is in outer space, had no problem in a zero gravity environment and was ready for more:
“I could have gone on and on–space here I come.”
Stephen Hawking’s zero-gravity flight |cnet|