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Professor Stephen Hawking boldly follows his space travel dream

By Gemma Gardner

Professor Stephen Hawking
Professor Stephen Hawking

After years of studying cosmology, Professor Stephen Hawking is now planning to travel into space himself.

The Cambridge physicist will leave Earth on board Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceship, he has said.

Prof Hawking told Good Morning Britain that his ultimate ambition is to fly into space: “I said yes immediately. Since that day, I have never changed my mind.”

While a date for the voyage has not yet been announced, Virgin Galactic hopes to carry people into space on commercial missions in the near future.

The professor also talked openly about his support for the Labour Party, but added that he did not think they could win an election under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

“I don’t believe there will be much chance of Labour winning an election under him,” he told the programme’s host, Piers Morgan.

“He doesn’t come across as a strong leader, and he allowed the media to portray him as a left-wing extremist, which he’s not.

“It’s no good having the right principles if you never get in power. But I will continue to vote Labour – it’s the party that matters.”

In a wide-ranging interview with the ITV breakfast show which aired on Monday, Prof Hawking said that his “three children have brought me great joy – and I can tell you what will make me happy, to travel in space”.

The 75-year-old also discussed Donald Trump, and how he “fears he may not be welcome” in the United States.

He also explained that he thinks Mr Trump should fire one of his leading environmental advisers for his views.

“He should replace Scott Pruitt at the Environment Protection Agency. Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent,” he said.

Prof Hawking also warned that leaving Europe “threatens Britain’s status as a world leader in science and innovation”.


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