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English physicist Stephen Hawking books ticket aboard Virgin Galactic for his first interstellar ride
English physicist Stephen Hawking is planning to travel into outer-space onboard Virgin Galactic spacecraft owned by business magnate and philanthropist Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Atlantic airline.

Hawking, who is 75 years of age, said he had never expected to get the opportunity of experiencing the outer-space but the Virgin boss had offered him a seat.

Hawking said "I thought no one would take me but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately."

"My three children have brought me great joy – and I can tell you what will make me happy, to travel in space," he was further quoted as saying.

Mr Stephen Hawking had earlier made announcements of his plans to build the most detailed three dimensional map of an early universe at Cambridge University using a supercomputing centre which he had himself founded there.

In the beginning of this month, Mr Stephen Hawking said that the aggressive human instincts, along with the very fast pace of the technological growth may destroy us all by biological or nuclear war, he further added that only a 'world government' may prevent this threatening doom.

Stephen is currently Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) and Founder of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) at the University of  Cambridge. For over thirty years he has lead the General Relativity group in DAMTP and he has been Principal Investigator of the COSMOS National Cosmology Supercomputer since 1997.

Stephen is also the Emeritus Lucasian Professor for Cambridge, a prestigious title that boasts the likes of Isaac Newton, Paul Dirac and Charles Babbage amongst its previous holders. 

During his time at Cambridge, Professor Hawking has written a large number of publications. The best way to read the most recent publications by Professor Hawking or his colleagues is by going to the SLAC SPIRES HEP site and searching for "Find author Hawking".

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