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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:45 PM

Stephen Hawking is Going to Outer Space

Source: Futurism.com

“I Said Yes Immediately”

Stephen Hawking, the world’s most renowned physicist and cosmologist, stated today that he is, in fact, heading to space—and it’s happening all thanks to the Virgin group (and a bit of modern technology).

In a statement back in 2015, Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin group, said that, one day, he hoped to be able to carry Hawking to the stars. In the statement, Branson noted that this offer came as a result of the great respect and admiration that he has for Hawking:

Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the people I admire most in the world, an undisputed genius who has opened our eyes to the wonders of the universe, while also happening to be a kind and delightful man. He is the only person I have given a free ticket with Virgin Galactic, and he is signed up to fly as a Future Astronaut with us if his health permits it.


At 75 years of age, Hawking won’t be the oldest astronaut ever (that designation belongs to John Glenn, who went to space at the age of 77), but he will be the first person to go to space with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a motor-neuron disease that generally leads to death within five years of the initial diagnosis. Hawking’s condition was first diagnosed when he was 21, and he was not expected to see his 25th birthday.

Read more: https://futurism.com/stephen-hawking-is-going-to-outer-space/

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brooklynite Mar 2017 OP
ancianita Mar 2017 #1
NWCorona Mar 2017 #5
democratisphere Mar 2017 #2
delisen Mar 2017 #3
central scrutinizer Mar 2017 #4
Codeine Mar 2017 #6
frazzled Mar 2017 #7
Rhiannon12866 Mar 2017 #9
shenmue Mar 2017 #8
LakeArenal Mar 2017 #10
KewlKat Mar 2017 #11

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:53 PM

1. Best news of the day for me. nt

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Response to ancianita (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:42 PM

5. Agreed!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:56 PM

2. WOW! What an amazing opportunity for Stephen Hawking.

Hawking sure deserves this great gift. Can't wait till blastoff.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:18 PM

3. After reading posts about the horrible old baby boomer generation who are too old for presidency

so decrepit and slow, that they must move out of the way, it is interesting to see this man, born in the early 1940s heading into space.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:19 PM

4. Baseball is noted for amazing coincidences

Not only did Lou Gehrig have Lou Gehrig's disease but Tommy John had Tommy John surgery. What are the odds?

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Response to central scrutinizer (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:54 PM

6. That was goofy, but it made me genuinely LOL

Well done.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 10:04 PM

7. Can I go with him?

'Cause I can't take it here anymore. I gotta get out of this place, if it's the last thing I ever do. Stop the world, I want to get off.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:22 PM

9. The way things have been going, I wouldn't be surprised if there were stowaways

You're not alone feeling as you do...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 10:19 PM

8. Wow!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:31 PM

10. Sometimes the news has something really good to report.

Health be with you Stephen....

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 07:36 PM

11. While I'm excited for him, will his fragile body be able to handle the blast off and landing?

I know they've all thought about it and he would never pass up that opportunity even if there is risk I'm sure, but hate to have something happen to him.

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