It’s still not clear when Richard Branson’s private spaceship company will begin taking passengers into the heavens. More than two years after a tragic accident in the Mojave Desert that killed a Virgin Galactic pilot, the company is still in the process of getting its spacecrafts ready for commercial operations. But one thing’s for sure: When and if passengers do climb aboard, famed scientist Stephen Hawking is going to be among the first of them.
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