Stephen Hawking escapes wheelchair

In other short but interesting news, Stephen Hawking flew on a zero-g plane yesterday. This great mind trapped in a weak body was able to float free of his wheelchair for four minutes.

About two hours after it took off yesterday, the ZGC's G Force returned to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida via one of the space shuttles runways. It had flown eight parabolas, giving Hawking a total of four minutes of weightlessness.

"It was amazing . . . I could have gone on and on," Hawking said after landing. "Space, here I come."

The smile recorded on the video and news cameras during his flight, however, said far more than words ever could.

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