NASA Pays Tribute To The Late Stephen Hawking With Poignant Video

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In March 15, 2018
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English physicist Stephen Hawking passed away on Wednesday morning in his home at the age of 76.

NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot‌ expressed his sorrow in a touching statement, saying, “Today, the world lost a giant among men, whose impact cannot be overstated. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Stephen Hawking.”

“Along with groundbreaking and inspiring work came another attribute that made Stephen a hero not just to younger generations, but also to his peers. A longtime friend to NASA, Stephen was a passionate communicator who wanted to share the excitement of discovery with all.”

“His loss is felt around the world by all he inspired with his work and his personal story of perseverance,” he continued.

NASA has paid tribute to the physicist with a video uploaded to its Twitter. Here, Hawking speaks to astronauts Kochi Takata and Rick Mastracchio in 2014 at the International Space Station.

The video also shows Hawking experiencing microgravity. He comments, “For me, this was true freedom. People who know me well say that my smile was the biggest they’d ever seen. I was superman for those few minutes.”

Fans from all over the world are mourning the loss of Hawking and have been paying their tributes via social media, including artists and illustrators.

See some of the heartfelt messages below.

[via Mashable, opening image via NASA]

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