Unusual Assignment: Capturing High-Flying Thrill Seekers in Zero Gravity

May 3, 2013

By David Walker

© Steve Boxall

Steve Boxall's mission is to capture a portrait of each passenger floating in weightlessness. On this 2010 flight out of Cincinnati, passengers float amid Ping-Pong balls.

So ubiquitous are images of cosmologist Stephen Hawking in his wheelchair, that the chair has become part of his identity. But there he is without it, in a photograph by Steve Boxall, floating weightlessly in the belly of a jet with joy on his face. It’s seems so unlikely (Hawking has had a debilitating neurological disease for decades) that viewers...

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