The awesome Stephen Hawking in zero gravity!
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CAPE CANAVERAL, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 26, 2007 -- Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G®), and its sponsors, Space Florida and The Sharper Image, successfully flew world-renowned physicist, cosmologist, and best-selling author Professor Stephen Hawking into weightlessness today, performing eight parabolas, even though he only planned for one. It was the first time Professor Hawking, the world's leading expert on gravity, had an opportunity to experience zero gravity. The ZERO-G Experience™ flight with Professor Hawking took off from the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Central Florida.
"It was amazing. The zero-g part was wonderful," said Professor Stephen Hawking. "I could have gone on and on -- space here I come!"
Hawking added, "I recommend the experience to everyone and I hope that many will follow me and experience weightlessness. There are a few people and organizations I would like to thank. First I'd like to thank Zero Gravity Corporation, The Shaper Image and Peter Diamandis for arranging this for me. Second, I'd like to thank Space Florida and the NASA Kennedy Space Center for being my host. The Space Shuttle Landing Facility is the first step to the moon and Mars. It is very special for me, to fly into weightlessness from here."