Stephen Hawking planning trip into space on Virgin Galactic
Professor Stephen Hawking has said he is planning to travel into space on Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic.
The 75-year-old physicist and cosmologist 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 today, 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."
Professor Hawking also shared his views on US President Donald Trump and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the interview.
The scientist - who previously referred to Mr Trump as a "demagogue" - said he still admires America but fears he "may not be welcome" there any more.
"The reaction to the election of Donald Trump may have been overdone, but it represents a definite swing to a Right-wing, more authoritarian approach", he said.
"Everyday life in the United States continues much the same.
"I have many friends and colleagues there, and it is still a place I like and admire in many ways.
"I would like to visit again and to talk to other scientists but I fear that I may not be welcome."
Professor Hawking said of Mr Corbyn: "I don't believe there will be much chance of Labour winning an election under him.
"He doesn't come across as a strong leader, and he allowed the media to portray him as a Left-wing extremist, which he's not. It's no good having the right principles if you never get in power." But he added: "I will continue to vote Labour, it's the party that matters."
Professor Hawking also warned that leaving Europe "threatens Britain's status as a world leader in science and innovation".