The man who helped Stephen Hawking achieve his lifelong dream of experiencing zero gravity remembers what it was like to watch the acclaimed physicist break free of his wheelchair

Revered physicist Stephen Hawking died Wednesday. Eleven years before his death, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of experiencing zero gravity. Serial entrepreneur Peter Diamandis brought Hawking aboard one of his company’s Zero G planes in 2007. Diamandis pushed back against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who didn’t want Hawking to fly because of his ALS.

Stephen Hawking, the highly influential theoretical physicist, died Wednesday at the age of 76.

Eleven years ago, despite the

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