Saturday, April 28, 2007

Stephen Hawking Can Fly!

This is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time.

Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned astrophysicist (who also happens to suffer from a degenerative, irreversible motor neurone disease) fulfilled a lifelong dream today: he flew for 25 seconds in Zero G weightlessness. This guy is easily one of the most brilliant people on the planet, but he can't even move a muscle on his own. He's completely paralyzed.

Dude seems pretty unflappable about that, though. If you need any proof as to how he felt about the flight, just take a look at the photo below and this quote from the guy who runs the Zero G program: "He was grinning the entire time." (Obviously, he still retains some small, but essential muscle control.)

And if you think homeboy is stopping there, you're sadly mistaken. He's already working on his next destination: SPACE! "Space, here I come," he said immediately after the Zero G flight. Apparently Richard Branson is going to hook him up with a low level space flight!

There's a lesson to be learned here. Don't ever let anyone tell you can't do something, or that something is impossible. If that happens, just think of the picture below.

This story fills me with an unbelievable amount of hope, which is rare for me. If you, or someone you know, is having a bad day, week, year or even life, read this story or pass it along. If you don't find it amazingly uplifting and inspirational, you might want to seek the help of a professional. Click HERE for the full story (and below). Cool video footage there too.

Just look at this picture!!!!

No comments: