Friday, April 27, 2007
Stephen W. Hawking, astrophysicist, father, grandfather, experienced zero gravity on Thursday in one of those jets you can pay to fly in. It's pretty complicated, but I've figured out how it works. Here's how it works:
The jet flies to around 32,000 feet. It then takes a steep parabolic dive (the parabola is important), dropping about 8,000 feet and allowing passengers to be weightless for 25 seconds. Stephen W. Hawking got to do this 8 times yesterday!
They say when he was not weightless, he was resting atop a special foam pillow. Oh, to touch that foam pillow he was weightful on!