"Many people have asked me why I am taking this flight. I am doing it for many reasons. First of all, I believe that life on Earth is at an ever
increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus, or other dangers. I think
the human race has no future if it doesn't go into space. I therefore want to encourage public interest in space."
KING: You have said that experiencing zero gravity is one of the most meaningful experiences you've ever had. Why?
HAWKING: Zero gravity was amazing. I could have gone on and on. Being confined to a wheelchair doesn't bother me as my mind is free to roam the universe,
but it felt wonderful to be weightless.
Hawking hopes the zero gravity flight is a step toward going on a suborbital flight,
which may be offered by private space companies by the end of the decade.
Sir Richard Branson boss of Virgin Galactic, a company that has advanced plans to provide sub-orbital rides
to paying passengers as early as 2009, has agreed to "fix it" for the professor and has arranged a flight for him
that should involve a specialised craft being launched from a host "mother ship" at 50,000 feet, then soaring
to a sub-orbital height of 360,000 feet above the earth.
Hawking said he had an ulterior motive for going on the flight besides raising money, (more than $144,000!),
for charities and the thrill of weightlessness. He said he wants to increase public
interest in space, since he believes humans' survival depends on going into space.
Hawking expressed hopes that the cost of space flight will drop and that humanity will be able to gain access to the
resources of space. He suggested that a spread of humanity beyond the Earth was desireable and necessary!
"I think life on Earth is at an increased risk of being wiped out by disaster, such as
sudden global warming, nuclear war or a genetically engineered virus or other dangers...
...I think the human race has no future if it doesn't go into space."
This event may not be the last time that Stephen Hawking experiences zero gravity as he signed up, as early as 2006, for a sub-orbital flight
on Sir Richard Branson's projected Virgin Galactic service which was then posted as being on track for launchings in 2012.
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Human Be-ing seems
to be rather "Tripartite"
"...man is a bundle of relations, a knot of roots, whose
flower and fruitage is the world..."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Non-Doctrinaire" Human Societies often
seem to be rather "Tripartite"
It is widely known that Plato, pupil of and close friend to Socrates, accepted that Human
Beings have a " Tripartite Soul " where individual Human Psychology is composed of three aspects -
Wisdom-Rationality, Spirited-Will and Appetite-Desire.
What is less widely appreciated is that such major World Faiths as Christianity, Islam,
Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism see "Spirituality" as being relative to "Desire" and to "Wrath".
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