I envy the man the experience. I am also heartened to see Steven Hawking fly free, if only for a moment. He who has done so much for our understanding of the cosmos and is such a tireless promoter of humankind’s expansion into space deserved to get a small taste of what the big outside feels like.
For a short while on Thursday, physicist and author Stephen Hawking was up and out of his wheelchair– and out of the grip of gravity. The weightless experience aboard an airplane in Earth’s atmosphere underscored a point Hawking has been making in recent months: that the future of the human race is in outer space. Hawking called the experience “amazing,” saying in a statement “I could have gone on and on–space here I come.”
He’s right, the future of humankind is in outer space. Only by leaving the fragile nest that is Earth and establishing colonies in other places and planets can we guarantee the survival of humankind.