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WEIGH TO GO.

PROFESSOR Stephen Hawking became the first disabled man to experience weightlessness yesterday.

The 65-year-old astrophysicist, who is paralysed by Lou Gehrig's disease, took a flight from the Kennedy Space Centre on a jet which simulates zero gravity.

He said: "As you can imagine, I'm very excited. "I have been wheelchair bound for four decades.

"The chance to float in zero G will be wonderful."

The jet performed eight parabolic dives then landed safely at Cape Canaveral.

Zero Gravity Corporation boss Peter H Diamandis said: "We had a wonderful time. It was incredible, far beyond our expectations."

Now Hawking plans to try a commercial space flight.
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