On April 26, Dr. Hawking, accompanied by a team of medics, will take one of those zero-grav planes and get to experience weightlessness. Hawking also announced that he plans to venture even farther: a 2009 flight on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space plane, which will take six passengers up and out to a 70-mile altitude.
“I want to show,” he said in an e-mail interview, “that people need not be limited by physical handicaps as long as they are not disabled in spirit.”
What a man.
PS MDF Michael Rosenthal informs me that Hawking's first wife left him because he cheated on her with his nurse, whom he subsequently wedded. I say again, what a man. (In all possible intonations and intimations of that phrase.)