Apr 27 2007

One Step Closer To His Dream

Category: PersonalChrisM @ 1:08 pm

Stephen Hawking has progressed further in his bid to fly into space.

Weightless Hawking

I caught this on the BBC World channel earlier this morning, and it looks like Professor Hawking had no major problems on the trip.
The modified plane flys into the outer reaches of the atmosphere, and goes through a series of ascents and descents, leading to a state of incredibly low gravity (near weightlessness) for periods of 25 seconds.
He was, of course, surrounded by a team of medics, to ensure his body was able to handle the stress – in between the zero G moments, the plane goes through manoeuvres that induce 1.8G’s worth of force on the passengers.

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