Hawking to travel into space on Branson's Virgin Galactic

Cesar Mills
March 20, 2017

The 75-year-old cosmologist and physicist said that while he still admires America, he doesn't feel welcome there with Donald Trump in the White House.

Hawking, who has said multiple times that human-caused climate change is one of the greatest threats to humankind, was also fiercely critical of Trump's appointment of Scott Pruitt to the Environmental Protection Agency.

"I have already completed a zero gravity flight which allowed me to float weightless, but my ultimate ambition is to fly into space", Hawking said.

"But again, I fear this may not happen, as Trump continues to appease his electorate". "But I fear that I may not be welcome".

Morgan asked the man who is best known for his discovery that black holes emit radiation, if had a message for the new US president.

"He should replace Scott Pruitt at the Environment Protection Agency", he said. And it's one we can prevent.

"It affects America badly, so tackling it should win votes for [Trump's] second term, God forbid".

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The theoretical physicist, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1963, criticized how the Trump administration is treating scientists working for the government. He communicates using a cheek muscle attached to a speech-generating device.

In 2009, Hawking was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Barack Obama - but it seems like he's concerned that his relationship with Obama's successor won't be as warm.

"By remaining in the European Union, we would have given ourselves more influence in the world", he added. He told the Prime Minister in November: "I deal with tough, mathematical, complex questions every day, but please don't ask me to help with Brexit". "People who boast about their IQ are losers".

The two discussed a variety of issues, from Brexit to feminism. "What do you think?"

Hawking called himself a feminist, saying: "I have always supported women's rights".

In a wide-ranging interview, he told the programme: "My three children have brought me great joy - and I can tell you what will make me happy, to travel in space".

On a more positive note, Hawking also revealed he's planning a trip to space, after Sir Richard Branson offered him a seat on his Virgin Galactic spacecraft.

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