General theory of relativity, written by Stephen Hawking and George Ellis in 1973, helped us pioneer our understanding of the Universe. Today in 2017, the bridge between theory and reality is being breached as Professor Stephen Hawking has announced his plans to travel to space.
Hawking, the celebrity cosmologist and physicist has decided to travel to space on board a spacecraft of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. Hawking, 75, assured that he had not expected to get an opportunity to experience space but the Virgin Galactic boss offered him a seat and he immediately agreed to it.
He was reported gushing about his children. He said that his three children have brought him sheer joy and also suggested that travelling to space might resonate to be a similar awe-inspiring event.
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo is a reusable, winged spacecraft designed to carry up to eight
poeple people, including two pilots. This model is specifically designed to carry ‘space tourists’. While this ship isn’t meant to go into any orbit, but all those on board will be granted an official astronaut status once reaching space.
Earlier this month he said that the aggressive instincts of humans coupled with the fast pace of growth in technology may destroy us all via a nuclear or biological war.
When asked about Brexit, he responded in the most isolated and inward – looking manner the way ‘a hard Brexit, as the right wing of the conservative party want.’ He has also warned Britain that it should keep in touch with Europe and the rest of the world or else they will end up threatening their stature of being a world-leader in science and innovation.
Since his diagnosis with a rare early on-set form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 21, Hawking has left us spell-bound at the revolutionary discoveries he has made, including Hawking radiation. Back in 1963, the doctors had given him a deadline of two years to live. Now roughly fifty years later, he has yet again managed to defy his illness oriented limitations and choosen to be driven by his desire to travel into space.