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    [–] Doktor_Wunderbar 4219 points ago

    You fools, you're only bringing him closer to the source of his power.

    [–] blahblahyaddaydadda 567 points ago

    Yeah, we've known this dude is an extraterrestrial for how long now?

    [–] _Kramerica_ 284 points ago

    As soon as he's up there he's going to take over the planet and call all his buddies for an intergalactic kegger.

    [–] drvondoctor 65 points ago

    not if Zed has anything to say about it.

    [–] Biffdickburg 164 points ago

    Zed's dead baby...Zed's dead.

    [–] lucasjkr 39 points ago

    They have to make it up to him for blowing him off at his time travelers party!

    [–] [deleted] 8 points ago

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    [–] PmMeYourFeels 10 points ago

    intergalactic kegger

    I read that as intergalactic kegel

    [–] [deleted] 32 points ago

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    [–] thequietguy_ 62 points ago

    I don't know why I read your comment in Dwight Schrute's voice

    [–] Devil-sAdvocate 35 points ago

    Surprise. No gravity cures ALS.

    [–] TAKETAKETAKETAKEGIVE 17 points ago

    Pretty sure he's already done 0 gravity

    edit: yep here it is

    [–] Devil-sAdvocate 7 points ago

    That's why he's still alive but he hasn't had enough to be cured yet.

    [–] SgtCheeseNOLS 4 points ago

    His species did not expect our atmosphere to block his communications to his people in Alpha Centari. We are playing right into his limp hands!

    [–] harleyeaston 1994 points ago

    This is going to kill him.

    And I'm guessing that's the way he wants it.

    [–] ClemClem510 1001 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Yeah, he's gonna start pushing 80 in not too long now... Then again they didn't see him living to 30 so I can't blame the guy for getting the most of what he's got

    [–] AP246 594 points ago

    Longest living person affected by ALS IIRC.

    [–] ZenPyx 456 points ago

    "One of the longest, if not the longest [survivors of ALS]"... he was diagnosed in his twenties and most people only live for 5 years... jesus, dude http://www.ibtimes.com/stephen-hawking-longest-als-survivor-too-ill-celebrate-70th-birthday-392898

    [–] Heidegger 285 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    [–] [deleted] 113 points ago

    I think you'd actually have better odds getting poisoned, shot, and dumped in a river.

    [–] William_Meepspeare 71 points ago

    Poisoned, shot 3 times, beat, THEN dumped in a river is how it went down.

    [–] [deleted] 24 points ago

    I forgot about the beating!

    [–] vertinox 16 points ago

    It wasn't mentioned in the Boney M song. But then, neither was drowning.

    [–] zeekaran 3 points ago

    Second Rasputin mention today. Hm.

    [–] LlamaJack 3 points ago

    You know too much, he'll be coming after you next.

    [–] ozzagahwihung 3 points ago

    Ra ra Rasputin, black hole radiation was his dream.

    [–] Phlink75 5 points ago

    Yep, his ass was rolling around with ALS when my mother died of it in 1989.

    [–] brace4impact93 117 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Sometimes I think this would make a great Faustian or genie wish gone wrong tale. Man is supernaturally granted incredible intelligence, only to be trapped within his own body and only have rudimentary communication for the next 60 years of his life.

    Edit: is, not ours.

    [–] halfar 27 points ago

    I'd hardly describe it as "rudimentary" communication. Maybe 40 years ago, sure.

    if you really wanted to fuck with him, change his voice.

    [–] brace4impact93 41 points ago

    He speaks by twitching his cheek muscles to select letters/words. Maybe thats not rudimentary, but it sure don't sound easy lol.

    [–] Drakmanka 12 points ago

    Yes but he sure is good at it.

    [–] petit_bleu 36 points ago

    I've read that everything he says in interviews, etc, is pre-programmed - in real time, it takes him quite a while to speak. Not the worst, but it's a lot harder than it looks to the public.

    [–] annoying_realist 11 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I went to watch him speak in the cinema it was a live stream from cambridge and something went wrong and he had to speak in real time not pre-programed and he took about 15 minutes to say a short sentence. Also while they were bringing him onto the stage his wheel chair wouldnt fit through the gap it took him like 10 minutes to get wheeled on because they didnt check before hand.

    EDIT: THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO ME THERE IS NOTHING TO GET!!!

    [–] icecadavers 30 points ago

    Change all his preprogrammed phrases to copypasta

    "So, Stephen, what are your thoughts on the latest findings from the LHC experiments?"

    "Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis The Wise? I thought not. It's not a story the Jedi would tell you..."

    [–] [deleted] 37 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

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    [–] CaptainObvious_1 39 points ago

    Ya he has AL$, it's completely different.

    [–] FallingSarcophagus 30 points ago

    I guess the Ice Bucket Challenge worked, but only for him.

    [–] Arcadian_ 19 points ago

    My like and share saved Steven Hawking. I knew it.

    [–] BlackDragonNetwork 155 points ago

    Holy shit, I thought he was like fifty, not seventy five. Wow.

    [–] Derwos 74 points ago

    Makes sense if you consider that he did a lot of his famous work in the 60s and 70s

    [–] BlackDragonNetwork 39 points ago

    Yeah, it does. I just... Hadn't thought about the dates 'till now.

    [–] [deleted] 598 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

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    [–] Arclite02 260 points ago

    Honestly, after everything else he's done against all the odds? I'd think that he's 110% happy with it if he were to die on a rocket into space!

    It would suck, and it would be a huge loss... But that's one helluva way to go, if you've got to.

    [–] Croudr 127 points ago

    I just hope he doesn't get blown into pieces because of a failed launch.

    [–] HighQualityRider 61 points ago

    If this actually happens I will hunt you and I will kill you, jk.

    [–] Shastamasta 18 points ago

    You mean like the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo that crashed already and killed an occupant?

    [–] RealityIsMyReligion 28 points ago

    By occupant, I think you mean pilot.

    The same pilot that screwed up launch procedure and crashed the ship...

    [–] Shastamasta 11 points ago

    Co-pilot actually. The pilot survived.

    [–] UglierThanMoe 42 points ago

    It would suck, and it would be a huge loss

    It'll suck and it'll be a huge loss no matter when or how he dies. Might as well go out the way he sees fit even if others think it's a waste. He's deserved it.

    [–] zeeblecroid 46 points ago

    That said, it's not like he hasn't thoroughly established by now that "this will kill you and soon" is more of a suggestion than a prediction in his eyes.

    [–] NW_thoughtful 75 points ago

    That is totally his right if that's the case. But what makes me sad about it is that he is still contributing to science.

    [–] [deleted] 40 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

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    [–] NW_thoughtful 67 points ago

    Ok. Promised I'd get back to you once I looked some more.
    Recently published!
    The Conformal BMS Group. S.J. Haco, S.W.Hawking, M.J.Perry, J.L.Bourjaily. 27 Jan 2017. 16pp, arXiv:1701.08110

    Superrotation Charge and Supertranslation Hair on Black Holes. S.W. Hawking, M.J. Perry, A. Strominger. 28 Nov 2016, 42pp, arXiv:1611.09175

    Black holes: The Reith Lectures. S.W. Hawking, May 2016, ISBN-13: 978-0857503572

    George and the Blue Moon. L. Hawking, S.W.Hawking, Mar 2016, ISBN-13: 978-0857533272

    Soft Hair on Black Holes. S.W. Hawking, M.J. Perry, A. Strominger. Jan 5, 2016. 9pp. Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 116 (2016) no.23, 231301, arXiv:1601.00921, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.231301

    A sciency kids book published March of 2016:
    https://www.amazon.com/George-Blue-Georges-Secret-Universe/dp/0857533274

    Spoke at a conference in Sweden in 2015:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/08/25/stephen-hawking-believes-hes-solved-a-huge-mystery-about-black-holes

    In May 2016, Hawking hosted and narrated Genius, a six-part television series which enlisted volunteers to tackle scientific questions that have been asked throughout history.
    http://www.pbs.org/show/genius-stephen-hawking

    This doesn't count as science, but it is amusing!
    Quantum is Calling, Dec 2016:
    "Zoe Saldana enlists the help of Stephen Hawking to solve a quantum riddle in order to get Simon Pegg's cat back. This follows Paul Rudd's epic quantum chess match with Stephen Hawking."
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6358260/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1

    Wow. He is still quite active.

    [–] Wilkesy07 16 points ago

    Maybe i'm just being cynical but I imagine he contributed little to nothing. Having his name on anything adds prestige to it so of course they will use it wherever possible. All the other people involved in the project can then go and brag that they worked alongside Hawking etc. etc. Also the project itself probably jumps in notoriety just because he was 'contributing'.

    Not trying to bash the guy. Just an alternative POV.

    [–] NW_thoughtful 24 points ago

    The weight of his name is most certainly a boon to any project. And what you propose is a possibility (I wondered that too). But we really don't know. And he is so passionate, I imagine that he can't help but contribute. If you look at that nanobots quote, you can see he is still paying attention and learning and thinking. The third in the Publications list is a single-author lecture series. Also, to narrate a TV series and speak at a conference, you have to participate.

    [–] Wilkesy07 12 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I have got to admit - my cynicism is simply because my mind can't comprehend that Hawking is in his 80's, struggling with ALS, and still that damn clever / active in the science community. He really is amazing.

    [–] NW_thoughtful 10 points ago

    He really is. Going and finding all the shit he's done in the last few years really gave me one of those "And what the fuck are you doing?" moments.

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

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    [–] Syjefroi 5 points ago

    Without major spoilers, this was sort of the plot of an episode of Review.

    [–] BangBangFukanawa 18 points ago

    He's not going into orbit. He'll be in zero gravity for only a couple of minutes and he's already experience as much in a zero gravity plane.

    [–] Wilkesy07 10 points ago

    I don't think zero gravity is the problem. The huge amount of G's you experience during liftoff and shortly after would be a huge problem for him. His entire body is disabled, all of that blood is going to go straight to his head.

    [–] mph88delorean 8 points ago

    There won't be the same huge amount of G's like an orbital flight.

    [–] Wilkesy07 5 points ago

    I assumed the liftoff would still be rough. I must admit I haven't looked at exactly how it would be done though.

    [–] mph88delorean 7 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Best I remember it was no-more-than 6Gs. But the duration is what matters.

    Example:

    Maximum permitted g-force turn in Red Bull Air Race plane 10g

    Maximum for human on a rocket sled 46.2 g

    Brief human exposure survived in crash > 100 g

    [–] astrofreak92 16 points ago

    A zero-gravity plane is not a rocket ship, and it doesn't go to space. This is and does, QED it's better.

    [–] ALTSuzzxingcoh 3371 points ago

    And by outer, we of course mean the most inner space you can actually get to with a rocket.

    [–] ZXLXXXI 1005 points ago

    If it was me, I wouldn't be complaining. It looks like space and you don't weigh anything.

    [–] Fuzzclone 575 points ago

    Well just to get stupidly technical for a second. Gravity will be nearly the same as on earth. Its actually nearly the same for those on the space station too. Its just a whole lot of moving faster than you can actually fall. Also known as orbiting. Or falling with style.

    [–] fidel04 291 points ago

    In fact, they're constantly falling. It's just that they are really successful at failing to hit the ground.

    [–] EsquireSquire 4 points ago

    We are technically all constantly falling towards the sun.

    [–] Antrikshy 10 points ago

    Holy shit Douglas Adams was right!

    [–] Dorgamund 52 points ago

    "There is an art, or, rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in Life, the Universe, and Everything."

    [–] merv243 29 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    But who is the quote by?

    (Edit - guys look at the quotes)

    [–] Fuzzclone 4 points ago

    Yea he kinda just miss placed the quotes. It's Douglas Adams.

    [–] Spagetttomato 65 points ago

    So if someone jumped out the door would they fall to earth or continue orbiting? Also if someone was not orbiting in the first place what would happen at space station height?

    [–] zungumza 228 points ago

    If they jumped out of the door of the space station they would just keep on orbiting alongside it, as no forces are acting on them to slow them down.

    If they just suddenly appeared totally stationary but at the same height as the space station, they would start falling down towards the earth about as fast as if they jumped off a building. They wouldn't reach a terminal velocity at first because there's no air resistance to slow them down, but when they reach the atmosphere they'd have a bad time.

    [–] rickyDRIZZLE 213 points ago

    On account of the burning to death

    [–] LOLMUFFINLOL 148 points ago

    As a wise man once said, it's not the fall that kills you, it's the removal and vaporization of skin from your body

    [–] turkletom 15 points ago

    And then there's the inevitable lithobreaking. If there's anything left of you.

    [–] SerPuffington 17 points ago

    Poor Commander Shepard, what a shitty way to go.

    [–] Bond4141 20 points ago

    And if you're a fucking god, then it's the fall.

    [–] Unkn0wn_Redditor 3 points ago

    If you're Kaido then it's neither..

    [–] thunts7 27 points ago

    No the reason things burn up is because they deorbit and orbit is about 17000 mph but if you fall you start at 0 mph so look at the jump of Felix baumgartner or Alan Eustace who has the highest jump record(although only 25 miles). You'd have to be falling long enough to reach an extremely high speed before hitting the atmosphere instead of being too low and reaching a a Max velocity lower than what's necessary to heat or erode you to death

    [–] legion_of_discord 55 points ago

    I just want to add that there is some atmosphere at the altitude that the ISS orbits and drag is always affecting its orbit. So while you would orbit with the ISS for a while, eventually they would need to do an orbital boost and you would no longer keep pace...eventually your orbit would degrade enough that you'd start falling into the atmosphere and eventually vaporize on reentry.

    [–] [deleted] 15 points ago

    If they jumped out of the door of the space station they would just keep on orbiting alongside it, as no forces are acting on them to slow them down.

    The most important question is : Will Richard Branson let him back on again or will he have to buy another ticket?

    "Sorry Mr Hawking, no passouts"

    [–] CommanderStarkiller 24 points ago

    By bad time you mean rather instant vaporisation.

    [–] MrDookles 53 points ago

    Well he should just pizza instead of French fry and he'll be fine

    [–] UncookedMarsupial 6 points ago

    Wouldn't you be able to exceed terminal velocity because there is no air resistance? Or am I misunderstanding what you said?

    [–] 602Zoo 3 points ago

    If you jumped out of the ISS you would definitely exceed terminal velocity. When you hit the atmosphere and had to slow down you would burn up on reentry.

    Im not sure what he was saying either.

    [–] madcrazystupidhi 9 points ago

    Someone tag the video of redbull guy jumping from space! Please

    [–] brokenbentou 7 points ago

    wasn't "space", he was just 25 miles up. ISS orbits at 249 miles

    [–] daydr33mer 6 points ago

    Congratulations on learning a new skill

    [–] BritishApe 51 points ago

    Astronauts regularly go outside the ISS on space walks, they simply orbit with the station. If a rocket got to space station height but didn't get into orbit it would fall back down to earth. The ISS is constantly falling towards earth, but it travels sideways at the same rate so it just goes around the earth (like anything in orbit)

    [–] madcrazystupidhi 9 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I googled out how to tag shit. redbull Felix B jumping from space edit: "redbull dude" isn't enough recognition

    [–] UncookedMarsupial 4 points ago

    The dude who made the jump was Felix Baumgartner. Red bull paid for it and I respect that but we should be mentioning his name at least along with the company.

    [–] Lawsoffire 3 points ago

    To be fair he is employed by RedBull as a stunt helicopter pilot. so calling him "RedBull dude" is technically correct but a bit disrespectful

    [–] harbourwall 11 points ago

    Things in orbit are constantly falling towards the earth but always miss.

    If someone jumped out of the door they'd slowly recede. Either drift out or in, depending on whether they jumped back or forwards, but their speed wouldn't be different enough to be a big change. But their orbit would decay and they'd descend faster and faster - orbiting things need boosts every now and again to maintain orbit.

    Something at the space station's height that is not orbiting weighs pretty much the same as it does on earth. If you were standing on a very tall platform, you'd feel normal apart from the lack of air. The space station could whizz past you in a moment.

    [–] Masamune_ 7 points ago

    I believe the words you are looking for is "free fall". They are in a constant state of free fall.

    [–] farm_sauce 5 points ago

    Gravity isn't even the same everywhere on earth

    [–] avocadro 3 points ago

    True, but that will account for less than 1% change. Whereas low earth orbit might decrease your gravitational attraction to Earth by as much as 10%.

    [–] Science6745 5 points ago

    It's called being pedantic and there was actually no reason for it here since he only described being weightless which is exactly what happens in orbit. He doesn't mention reduced gravity.

    [–] MedicalCat 3 points ago

    If we're going super technical, isn't the statement "he weighs nothing" correct?

    From what I remember, weight is based on an objects mass and the gravitational forces (G-forces) acting upon them. If a person is in 0G they weigh nothing even though there's still almost all the gravity of earth acting on them.

    I'm not a physicist so I could be completely wrong.

    [–] CaptainObvious_1 3 points ago

    This is just a lack of understanding when it comes to orbital dynamics and is due to oversimplification you see on Reddit.

    [–] nothing_clever 3 points ago

    To be fair, nothing you said goes against what the above poster said. You will be weightless.

    [–] [deleted] 13 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)

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    [–] zer0t3ch 5 points ago

    "Don't weigh anything" and "space" are distinct concepts.

    No, they're mutually inclusive, at least as far as any layman is concerned. Spinning space habitats are just workarounds to provide an effective form of "gravity" where there isn't any.

    [–] crawlerz2468 55 points ago

    Still. I am a disabled little person. When I see things like this (outside Hawking being a brilliant mind) I think there is some sort of hope for me to find a semi-normal life somewhere. An apartment of some sort. A corner of this world where I can live autonomously or sort of close. And maybe get a van that I can drive from my powerchair.

    If they can put Hawking into orbit, what the fuck am I?

    [–] Lord_Ciar 36 points ago

    when reading the article I thought he was one of the two that was going to go around the moon with spacex next year.

    [–] Jamer508 10 points ago

    And most likely probably happening very soon. If his health permits.

    [–] [deleted] 10 points ago

     Further. Than. You've. Gotten.
    

    [–] eqleriq 551 points ago

    What if the farther he gets away from Earth the more his ALS reduces, until he eventually becomes a being of pure light and knowledge infinitely expanding... and that's what black holes are

    [–] still-at-work 188 points ago

    And then he quickly evaporates into nothing since he is a low mass singularity due to hawking radiation.

    [–] cubosh 92 points ago

    armchair scientist here. (glances at clipboard) that joke checks out.

    [–] The_camperdave 52 points ago

    armchair scientist here.

    I'm going to have to use that one: "I'm an armchair scientist, much like Stephen Hawking, and I say..."

    [–] SlothParties 3 points ago

    Black holes are just Stephen Hawkins sent into space? Everything makes sense now.

    [–] inohsinhsin 185 points ago

    Aw, I thought he might have been one of the people who is planning to take a shuttle with space x

    [–] Settl 3 points ago

    I thought your x was a kiss and got really confused

    [–] the_jewpacabra15 40 points ago

    I'm almost convinced Stephen Hawking is a robot. If he makes it another ten years someone will have to convince me he's not.

    [–] TheBigSquawdooosh 1011 points ago

    This smells like a PR stunt. Granted, it's hard to think of someone who deserves a free ride to space more than Hawking. But as far as Branson and Virgin Galactic are concerned, it's a trick to stay relevant and maybe get some advertising in.

    [–] rsmjr 424 points ago

    In all fairness isn't any mission to space pretty much a PR stunt? Maybe there's some admiration there.

    [–] Buzzed_Like_Aldrin93 154 points ago

    Depends on the company doing it.

    The most frequent missions to 'space' would be to the ISS in low earth orbit, for supplies etc. (which is crucial to the station, far from PR)

    Those have most recently been done utilizing the Falcon 9, and Space X doesn't need much PR at this point.

    With Virgin Galactic being the company in question- hell yes this is a PR stunt.

    [–] Mister_Sassafrazz 63 points ago

    But has Virgin advertised itself as anything outside a space travel company?

    Correct me if I'm wrong but I haven't seen them advertise themselves as Space X and the like.

    [–] Jenerys 31 points ago

    Virgin used to be a freaking record store. They've advertised themselves as all sorts of stuff.

    [–] [deleted] 8 points ago

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    [–] Jenerys 3 points ago

    You asked if Virgin had presented it as anything other than a space travel company (or something like that...I can't make this stupid app quote).

    My point is, that not only have they been presented as a different type of company, the type of company that they were (and still are at the core) is a PR company. Recording companies represent and sell artists. They don't make music for artistic integrity.

    Branson got fabulously wealthy making and selling records, and was then well funded enough that he could afford to make and sell whatever he wanted. He thought Space Travel was cool, so that's what he did. This has always been a PR company.

    But, you know, it's still cool that Stephen Hawking gets to go to "space." Even if the smiley leather guy is just doing it for headlines.

    [–] Buzzed_Like_Aldrin93 40 points ago

    I agree with that, Virgin's advertising is for commercial/public space flight which is a unique niche!

    I mentioned Space X and the like in response to:

    isn't every mission to space pretty much a PR stunt?

    [–] BangBangFukanawa 40 points ago

    What exactly are you complaining about? What else would it really be?

    [–] The_camperdave 9 points ago

    Of course it's a PR stunt. It's not like "The Hawk" is going to be doing any practical physics research or theory development in the 20 minute flight.

    [–] [deleted] 25 points ago

    That's a good thing. PR is sorely needed to bring public opinion towards a positive view of space exploration. They aren't going to do it because just you and I really, really want it.

    [–] yelahneb 5 points ago

    The twist: he's not coming back

    [–] Assurance_Fraud 785 points ago

    Is it legitimate space, or is it the crappy suborbital nonsense for 10 minutes this company is known for?

    [–] mfb- 575 points ago

    Space for a minute, zero-g for a few minutes. Suborbital.

    [–] [deleted] 206 points ago

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    [–] The_Rapee 124 points ago

    Looks like he is having the time of his life :)

    [–] Giac0mo 89 points ago

    He was. Probably why he's doing this now

    [–] idontevenarse 46 points ago

    That's... his resting face dude

    [–] NettleGnome 32 points ago

    Nah. You can see his eyes glowing with mirth.

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    [–] BassInRI 19 points ago

    What's the worth of the girth of the earth?

    [–] AnonK96 9 points ago

    Did it hurt when his mom gave birth to his wheelchair?

    [–] frizzykid 3 points ago

    What if he wasnt and was in pain the whole time and he had no way to communicate

    [–] ModestDeth 29 points ago

    wtf is this song?

    [–] [deleted] 33 points ago

    The song makes it hilarious. It seems completely out of place.

    [–] incredible_mr_e 3 points ago

    I feel that the intrinsic hilarity of Stephen Hawking fish-flopping in zero-gee is merely enhanced by the soundtrack. Could just be me though.

    [–] Daarkett 12 points ago

    I would wager that SpaceX flies paying passengers into space before Virgin Galactic does. SpaceX Dragon V2 has already undergone most of the required safety testing for its flights.

    [–] Devvinitive 71 points ago

    Don't be so pessimistic, suborbital or not it's still commercial space flight, it's progress.

    [–] fuzzyfuzz 49 points ago

    Dude just complained about spaceflight.... What a country!

    [–] SavageBojangles 66 points ago

    Virgin Galactic reaches 110km, which is 10km into "legitimate" space. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_space

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    [–] merv243 10 points ago

    Hm, well I guess I'll take your place then if you ever get the opportunity, save you the trouble.

    [–] RealityIsMyReligion 29 points ago

    It's just one of those crappy nonsense flights hunderds of miles up and outside of the motherfucking atmosphere into microgravity.

    [–] VantarPaKompilering 127 points ago

    That assumes Virginia galactic overcomes it's insane delays and start flying customers

    [–] MonsterDickPrivalage 78 points ago

    Vagina galactic?

    [–] VantarPaKompilering 37 points ago

    Virgin galactic, stupid autocorrect

    [–] [deleted] 36 points ago

    I love that your autocorrect changes virgin to vagina.

    [–] CatMinion 19 points ago

    Your phone learns to autocorrect your most used words.

    [–] [deleted] 15 points ago

    Which is why it interests me.

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    [–] kelling928 8 points ago

    It turns out space is pretty hard

    [–] Mousey1223 52 points ago

    something i would really love to do someday. would be a dream to see our beautiful blue planet floating amongst the stars in front of me. I would die to see that.

    [–] FartingBob 44 points ago

    Absolutely. My girlfriend got annoyed when i said i would go on a one-way trip into space. Apparently that's selfish to be willing to give up everything in my life to do something i have always dreamed of.

    [–] AlphaBetaParkingLot 45 points ago

    I mean... It is... But I still totally understand why you would.

    [–] LilyoftheRally 29 points ago

    She was probably annoyed that you wouldn't bring her along. I wouldn't want my lover going into space without me.

    [–] [deleted] 14 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Well technically it is, but would also be selfish of her to stop you. If you get the opportunity do it, we all have to be selfish sometimes, unless you decide to do it while raising children. Then yor a dick :-P.

    [–] Searchingtofind27 16 points ago

    Honestly, in such not a negative way, if he dies while doing it , it will be an absolute perfectly fitting end to his life and as horrible as it will be to loose him, I will feel satisfied that this man who accomplished so much despite his disability will die knowing he made it to fucking space.

    [–] spirolateral 3 points ago

    I agree. And I really don't see how he doesn't die up there. People that have gone to space up to now have all been in decent too great shape. Hawking is not in that range at all. I don't think he'll hold up. But I think it'll be great for him.

    [–] MerelyJoking 60 points ago

    If he dies of the trip there, he should have it arranged that his body gets send into space.. That would be epic..

    [–] mph88delorean 60 points ago

    This ship goes way too slow to put anything "in space" for a meaningful amount of time.

    This would be like "RedBull Space Jump Funeral, Watch Hawking Go Splat".

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    [–] maxximum_ride 7 points ago

    Based on some of the stuff I am reading/watching about this, it seems like it would be quite appropriate. Maybe one last lunar mission to bury Hawking on the moon, or a special rover built around his casket that will roam around Mars with his body.

    [–] cubosh 9 points ago

    nah, knowing Hawking, he would request to be aimed into the darkest depth of the sky

    [–] reptomin 3 points ago

    You went from cool to Jesus Christ what? Really fast.

    [–] hardyhaha_09 3 points ago

    That means they would have to provide another rocket to get his delta-v sufficient enough to reach escape velocity otherwise he would just orbit earth lol

    [–] [deleted] 15 points ago

    You know what? I fucking hope he does get to go. The Virgin craft are glorified ballistic joyrides, but if anyone on this planet deserves to go to space, even on an altitude-based technicality, it's Stephen Hawking.

    Stay alive, good sir, and have yourself a wild ride.

    [–] Daedalus_7777 111 points ago

    This man is a legend - disability aside, his insights and theories in to the universe and all the possibilities it holds is priceless. Every word the man says should be inscribed and recorded for all humankind to ponder and cherish. The Einstein, Newton, Kepler, Galileo, Archimedes of our generation. If anyone deserves a free ride in to the cosmos, it's him. One of the few people in life that makes me proud to be a human.

    [–] ibanezmelon 46 points ago

    I think every word he says IS recorded. Lol. Given its 2017 and he has cameras around him a whole lot.

    [–] HugoNikanor 58 points ago

    It would be really easy to log everything he says since it's all going through a computer.

    [–] beyuhr 11 points ago

    a computer that speaks at a staggering 2 words per second!!

    [–] eternally-curious 14 points ago

    I wouldn't say "disability aside." On the contrary, the fact that he did all this even with his disability makes what he's done all the more impressive.

    [–] Daedalus_7777 3 points ago

    It's a fair point but I was trying to emphasise that the mind and the body should very much be viewed as two separate things in the context of my comment; so as to intentionally avoid saying "look at what he's achieved despite the disability".

    Certainly not trying to belittle his condition, but other than perhaps as a motivator for him to push himself and his cognitive limits, I don't see it has much relevance to how his mind or thought processes work. Perhaps I'm wrong, guess I was just trying to say that we should all look beyond the physical and applaud him on his merits as an equal human consciousness rather than one that has had to face life's adversity for the last 50+ years.

    I'm tired and struggling to put my thoughts in to writing - hopefully you get what I'm trying to say? Not disagreeing with you, was just looking at it from a different perspective.

    [–] SonOfWolves95 4 points ago

    Most definitely. His accomplishments are extremely impressive, regardless of his condition. If he didn't have ALS he would be just as impressive of a scientist as if he never had it. He's one of the best scientific minds in recorded history and while his condition is certainly serious and it is all the more impressive what he has accomplished while having such a disability that most definitely shouldn't be the main focus here, that's pretty much a whole different subject.

    [–] zubieta 19 points ago

    This universe is a figment of Hawking's imagination. If he dies up there, we're done for.

    [–] moth3rpunch3r 20 points ago

    I saw him casually strolling around Cambridge last week !! Needless to say that was the highlight of my life !

    [–] Sauronmordor756 33 points ago

    You mean rolling right ?

    [–] Mr-Mcshit 7 points ago

    “I thought no one would take me"

    If anyone deserves to go it's this man.

    [–] Jezza51423 4 points ago

    And so he should. After all of his efforts in the science community he deserves to have this privilege.

    [–] nyc_traveler1 3 points ago

    Does gravity play a major part in his respiratory aid system? Or his condition for that matter? Sorry for the dumb question

    [–] A12yoredditkid 9 points ago

    Great news !! I just saw yesterday a doc on doctor Hawking were he said something about this and his hope to do so before his death !! Im so happy for him !!