Late physicist Stephen Hawking's voice is being immortalized inside a black hole deep in space while his ashes were laid to rest at Westminster Abbey among England's most famed scientists.
The recording of Hawking’s voice is set to an original score of electronic, progressive, pop, jazz and orchestral music by Greek composer, Vangelis. Each attendee of Friday’s ceremony at Westminster Abbey will receive a copy, the BBC reported.
Lucy Hawking said that the satellite – beamed into space from the European space Agency in Spain immediately following the service – will follow a trajectory toward a black hole called 1A 0620-00.
Hawking’s daughter said that launching her father’s voice into space is a culmination of his life’s work on Earth.
“(It is a) beautiful 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,” Lucy Hawking told the BBC.
Friday’s memorial includes readings and tributes prepared by the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Hawking in a BBC film, astronaut Tim Peake and Hawking’s co-Nobel prize winner, Kip Thorne.
Hawking’s ashes were buried in the nave of the Abbey between Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton.
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More than 25,000 people applied for 1,000 tickets to the service. Students with disabilities who communicate through the same electronic synthesizer device that Hawking used to speak were also welcomed to the memorial.
"He showed what people with disabilities can do,” a student from National Star College — a university for people with disabilities — Rose Brown, told the BBC. "I'm going to be an actress; everybody who puts their mind to something gets to be it. Stephen Hawking proved that more than anyone."
Stephen Hawking died in his Cambridge home in March after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, for over 50 years. He was 76.
Hawking was diagnosed at 21 and given two years to live.
“At the time, I thought my life was over and that I would never realize the potential I felt I had,” he wrote in his 2013 book, “My Brief History.” “But now, 50 years later, I can be quietly satisfied with my life.”