Stephen Hawking headed to space aboard Virgin Galactic

By Shrey Pacheco | Updated 8 May 2017
Stephen Hawking headed to space aboard Virgin Galactic
  • In an interview with Good Morning Britain, Hawking said that he was offered a seat by Richard Branson

It seems like noted Theoretical Physicist and Cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, may soon be headed to space. In an interview with Good Morning Britain, he said that he was offered a seat on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spacecraft. “My ultimate ambition is to fly into space. I thought no one would take me, but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately,” he said. 

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Besides this, Hawking also touched upon a bunch of topics such as Donald Trump’s recent travel ban, the replacement of human workers by robots, the discovery of seven planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system, and more. Hawking has already completed a zero gravity flight that allowed him experience weightlessness. 

You can see the complete interview in the video below. The discussion regarding Hawking’s space travel starts at 9:05.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is just one of the many companies aiming to send tourists to space in a few years. Elon Musk’s SpaceX program already plans to send two tourists to the lunar orbit in late 2018, aboard the Falcon 9 spacecraft. Another company with space ambitions is Boeing, which has already challenged Musk to a race to Mars.

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Shrey Pacheco
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