Professor Stephen Hawking revealed on Good Morning Britain that Richard Branson has offered him a seat, which he accepted without hesitation.

Stephen Hawking will travel to SPACE on Virgin Galactic

After years of studying cosmology, Professor Stephen Hawking is finally planning to travel into space himself.

Sir Richard Branson has offered the famous physicist a place on board his Virgin Galactic spacecraft.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Hawking said he did not hesitate in saying ‘yes.’

Prof Stephen Hawking has revealed he has been offered a dream trip to space on Virgin Atlantic. Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Hawking said he did not hesitate in saying 'yes' to Richard Branson's offer

Prof Stephen Hawking has revealed he has been offered a dream trip to space on Virgin Atlantic. Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Hawking said he did not hesitate in saying ‘yes’ to Richard Branson’s offer

VIRGIN GALACTIC: THE CRASH

In October 2014, SpaceShipTwo – a plane designed to run the first ever passenger flights into space – split into pieces as it fell to Earth over California’s Mojave Desert.

The vehicle broke up after the co-pilot unlocked the craft’s tail wing breaking system early, which led to a sudden increase in aerodynamic forces as it passed through the sound barrier.

Investigators at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said no safeguards were built into system to overcome the error of the co-pilot.

The physicist and cosmologist, 75, said he had not expected to have the opportunity to experience space but that the Virgin boss had offered him a seat.

Discussing the meaning of happiness on Good Morning Britain, he said: ‘My three children have brought me great joy.

‘And I can tell you what will make me happy, 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.’

While a date for the voyage has not yet been announced, Virgin Galactic hopes to carry people into space on commercial missions in the near future.

Richard Branson, who owns Virgin Galactic had suggested that he might be able to complete a flight in 2009, but the plan has been thrown off by a range of problems and disasters.

In October 2014, SpaceShipTwo – a plane designed to run the first ever passenger flights into space – split into pieces as it fell to Earth over California’s Mojave Desert.

The vehicle broke up after the co-pilot unlocked the craft’s tail wing breaking system early, which led to a sudden increase in aerodynamic forces as it passed through the sound barrier.

This isn’t the first time that Branson has offered to take Stephen Hawking into space.

Sir Richard Branson's firm has designed SpaceShipTwo, pictured, to take 'space tourists' on short flights into space without going into orbit

Sir Richard Branson’s firm has designed SpaceShipTwo, pictured, to take ‘space tourists’ on short flights into space without going into orbit

In 2014, Hawking told MailOnline that he had been offered a place on board the Virgin Galactic, but feared that his doctors wouldn’t allow him to go.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, he said: ‘I would love to go to the moon, or to go into space.

‘I was due to go into space with Virgin Galactic, courtesy of Richard Branson, but I fear the doctors won’t allow it. It would be a good way to go.’

Professor Hawking said he did not think he would ever get to space but 'accepted immediately' after Sir Richard, pictured, offered him a seat on Virgin Galactic

Professor Hawking said he did not think he would ever get to space but ‘accepted immediately’ after Sir Richard, pictured, offered him a seat on Virgin Galactic

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