NASA SCIENCE STATEMENT ON STEPHEN HAWKING’S ZERO GRAVITY FLIGHT
WASHINGTON, DC (rushprnews) April 30, 2007- – The following is a statement from Alan Stern, NASA
associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at
Headquarters in Washington, regarding renowned physicist Stephen
Hawking’s flight aboard Zero Gravity Corporation’s Boeing 727.
“Stephen Hawking’s flight to experience zero gravity is exciting. I
can say from flying hundreds of parabolas aboard NASA KC-135s myself
that the experience is eye-opening, exhilarating and personally
fulfilling. My own experiences primarily were participating in
research in space motion sickness and later, low-gravity accretion.
But it’s the 21st century now, and I expect more and more scientists
to be conducting research in zero gravity, and even in space, as new
vehicles and venues for such research open.
“Space is as much a place for scientists, I believe, as the arctic,
Antarctic, and the deep ocean. And Dr. Hawking is showing the way.
“I want to extend my congratulations to him on his first taste of zero
gravity and offer my best wishes for the realization of his dream of
launching into space itself.”
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