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Stephen Hawking may go to space aboard Virgin Galactic

After years of studying cosmology, Professor Stephen Hawking is finally planning to travel into space himself. Sir Richard Branson has offered the famous physicist a place on board his Virgin Galactic spacecraft. Hawking said he did not hesitate in saying ‘yes.’ The physicist and cosmologist said he had not expected to have the opportunity to experience space but then the Virgin boss had offered him. “I thought no one would take me but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately.”

Richard Branson’s spaceflight company, Virgin Galactic, hopes soon to carry people into space on commercial missions. Mr. Branson had suggested that he might be able to complete a flight in 2009, but the plan has been thrown off by a range of problems and disasters. In 2014, Hawking told that he had been offered a place on board the Virgin Galactic, but feared that his doctors wouldn’t allow him to go. “I was due to go into space with Virgin Galactic, courtesy of Richard Branson, but I fear the doctors won’t allow it. It would be a good way to go. I would love to go to the moon, or to go into space,” said Hawking.

Professor Hawking also discussed Donald Trump, who he said was a “demagogue” and made him fear that he might never be welcome in the US. “His priority will be to satisfy his electorate who are neither liberal, nor that well-informed,” he said. He also criticised Jeremy Corbyn, who he said had allowed himself to be portrayed “a left-wing extremist, which he’s not”. Because of the media portrayals, he said there was not much chance that Mr. Corbyn would ever win an election, but that he would continue to support the Labour party. He warned politicians that they should ensure that Britain keeps as many links as possible with Europe and the rest of the world, and said that leaving Europe “threatens Britain’s status as a world-leader in science and innovation”.

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