Star-among-stars: Stephen Hawking's voice to be beamed into space

James Marshall
June 18, 2018

Isaac Newton was buried at Westminster Abbey following his death in 1727, as was naturalist Charles Darwin a century and a half later in 1882. Hawking was a well known atheist and was known for his breaking theory on String Theory.

The ceremony will be attended by 1,000 common people who were chosen after a public lottery.

Lucy, and first wife Jane Hawking, were among those who laid flowers, while a medal created by the Stephen Hawking Foundation was also placed in the grave next to the wooden casket. Thousands of people attended the memorial service, after which the scientist's voice was beamed to space. "This is a handsome and symbolic gesture that creates a link between our father's presence on this planet, his wish to go into space, and his explorations of the universe in his mind".

Choral music echoed through the grand building as family members, led by the Dean of Westminster, processed to Prof Hawking's final resting place.

"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. We shall with love commend his immortal soul to almighty God".

A memorial stone will lie above Professor Hawking's grave, inscribed with his most famous black hole equation, hovering over a series of rings. Then, using the European Space Agency's Cebreros station, a team beamed up the message.

The track being beamed into space will feature Hawking's voice set to music and has been written by Greek composer Vangelis.

"This is a lovely and symbolic gesture that creates a link between our father's presence on this planet, his wish to go into space and his explorations of the universe in his mind", said his daughter Lucy Hawking. "This is a attractive and symbolic gesture that creates a link between our father's presence on this planet, his wish to go into space, and his explorations of the universe in his mind". Hawking died Tuesday at 76.

Hawking's children, Lucy and Timothy, paid respects to their late father.

"I imagine he will continue to travel with the same devotion, wherever he may be, in the known unknown".

The ESA said the six-minute message, drawn from a speech Hawking gave about preserving the planet, was being transmitted towards the black hole 1A 0620-00, which was discovered in 1975 and is located 3,500 light years from Earth.

Hawking conducted groundbreaking research into black holes and the originsspaceof the universe, and gained global fame as a populariser and communicator of science.

"Plus, he threw in a dash of old-fashioned thermodynamics - achieving a kind of physics trifecta".

"It's a nice story overall, and we're very honored to have been asked to do this", McCaughrean said. "There's a way out'". 'They are not the eternal prisons they were once thought.

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