Skip to comments.Stephen Hawking soars weightlessly
Posted on 04/27/2007 7:14:59 AM PDT by bedolido
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.Free of his wheelchair and tethered only to heart rate and blood pressure monitors, astrophysicist Stephen Hawking yesterday fulfilled a dream of floating weightless on a zero-gravity jet, a step he hopes leads to further space adventures.
Paralyzed scientist Stephen Hawking, normally confined to a wheelchair, floats inside a zero-gravity jet on April 26. Hawking, who made two flips like 'a gold-medal gymnast,' called the experimence 'amazing.'
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Why not launch Hawkings into space and set up living quarters for him at the ISS! I would volunteer to be his nurse. The living conditions there will extend the life of this premier thinker.
I'm sure the picture in this posts prove that he's up for this! So Why Not Boobala?
I hope somebody will correct me if I am oversimplifying this, but; the Vomit Comet is not a “zero gravity jet”. The plane flies a parabolic arc which results in the passengers falling at the same speed as the jet. The result is a feeling akin to weightlessness, but not actual weightlessness.
I beleive you are correct. Just like astronauts in orbit are not at zero gravity.