Stephen Hawking confirms he will travel to space – AOL

By Nathan Rousseau Smith for Veuer

Stephen Hawking has a big trip ahead of himself. When asked about the meaning of life, the physicist and cosmologist revealed to ‘Good Morning Britain’ what would make him happy.

He said, “I can tell you what would make me happiest, to travel in space…I thought no one would take me, but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said ‘yes’ immediately.”

Stephen Hawking through the years

Hawking also weighed in on the issues back here on Earth, criticizing President Donald Trump’s second travel ban.

He also cited Trump’s decision to limit government agency’s social media posts as part of a “chilling effect” for science.

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“I have many friends and colleagues there and it is a place I like and admire in many ways, but I fear that I may not be welcome.”

Hawking later called for climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt to be removed as head of the EPA, saying, “climate change is one of the great dangers we face and it’s one we can prevent.”

He added that tackling the issue could help Trump win a second term.

Stephen Hawking confirms he will travel to space – AOL