Stephen Hawking is Going to Space
By Olivia Hamblin, Staff Writer
Stephen Hawking, one of the most influential and acclaimed modern day scientists, has plans to go to space. He recently explained these arrangements on Good Morning Britain, saying that “Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately.”
Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Galactic spaceflight company, describes the goal of transporting people into space through commercial missions. Virgin Galatic boasts the title of ‘the world’s first commercial spaceline’, planning to bring space to many people. Their spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, is designed to carry up to eight people (including the pilots) into space. Hawking commends Virgin Galactic’s power to let humanity bond and grow together through the exploration of space, and its progressive nature of “bringing together governments from across the globe and inspiring future generations”.
Although Stephen Hawking, at 77, will not be the oldest person to travel to space, he will claim the title of the first person with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to venture to the stars. Of course, proceeding on this journey means being careful in the realm of health concerns, especially with Hawking’s age and condition. He doesn’t seem too bothered by it.