Renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking is among the eager lineup of space tourists who will be making a voyage into space — aboard a Virgin Galactic suborbital flight.
When asked about the meaning of life, the physicist and cosmologist revealed to ‘Good Morning Britain’ what would make him happy.
He said, “I can tell you what would make me happiest, to travel in space…I thought no one would take me, but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said ‘yes’ immediately.”
Hawking also weighed in on the issues back here on Earth, criticizing President Donald Trump’s second travel ban.
He also cited Trump’s decision to limit government agency’s social media posts as part of a “chilling effect” for science.
“I have many friends and colleagues there and it is a place I like and admire in many ways, but I fear that I may not be welcome.”
Hawking later called for climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt to be removed as head of the EPA, saying, “climate change is one of the great dangers we face and it’s one we can prevent.”
He added that tackling the issue could help Trump win a second term.