The Planetary Society has canceled a planned Jan. 23 luncheon to honor Stephen Hawking because the famed physicist is unable to fly to Pasadena, Lou Friedman writes on the society’s website.
Dr. Hawking has been advised by his doctors not to fly at this time. He is well — and still working in his office in the UK — but he’s unable to travel to California.
The Planetary Society had planned to present Hawking with the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science. Friedman writes that the group will present the award to Hawking at another time.
The event was also to be an 80th birthday party for Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, a long-time supporter of the society.
We’re making a giant birthday card to include everyone’s best wishes. If you haven’t already, you can send your message to Buzz online.