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  • 03.21.17

If Virgin Galactic ever gets going, Stephen Hawking is going to space

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.