Stephen Hawking Experiencing Zero Gravity for the First Time
The zero-gravity jet carrying Stephen Hawking, a handful of his physicians and nurses, and dozens of others first flew up to 24,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean off Florida. Nurses lifted Hawking and carried him to the front of the jet, where they placed him on his back atop a special foam pillow. The plane made a total of eight parabolic dips, including two during which Hawking made two weightless flips.
Photo: Associated Press
Ed note: You go Stephen Hawking! Check out our article on how Hawking’s initials are in the Big Bang’s leftovers.