Right now, Stephen Hawking is flying like a bird

Apr 26, 2007 at 4:23 PM
There is something both uber-creepy and supremely poetic about imagining Stephen Hawking soaring above us, falling majestically toward the earth in free fall, finally experiencing a relief from the obviously crushing weight of his paralysis.

He's up there RIGHT NOW, today. He's the very first disabled person put through the rigors of this kind of free-fall flight. It's historic, but intensely unimportant.

I wonder if - through the paralysis - he can even feel weightlessness?

I wonder if the shock of free-fall is killing him as I write this?

I suppose we'll find out when he comes back.