Stephen Hawking's voice being launched into space as ashes buried at Westminster Abbey

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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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter arrive at Westminster Abbey ahead of Professor Stephen Hawking's memorial service on June 15, 2018 in London, England. The world renowned physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, died early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76. Professor Hawking's ashes will be laid to rest close to Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in the nave of Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Former wife of Stephen Hawking Jane Hawking arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of Professor Stephen Hawking's memorial service on June 15, 2018 in London, England. The world renowned physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, died early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76. Professor Hawking's ashes will be laid to rest close to Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in the nave of Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Physicist Brian Cox arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of Professor Stephen Hawking's memorial service on June 15, 2018 in London, England. The world renowned physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, died early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76. Professor Hawking's ashes will be laid to rest close to Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in the nave of Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Lord Frederick Windsor arrive at Westminster Abbey ahead of Professor Stephen Hawking's memorial service on June 15, 2018 in London, England. The world renowned physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, died early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76. Professor Hawking's ashes will be laid to rest close to Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in the nave of Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Anita Dobson arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of Professor Stephen Hawking's memorial service on June 15, 2018 in London, England. The world renowned physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, died early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76. Professor Hawking's ashes will be laid to rest close to Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in the nave of Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Musician and producer Nile Rodgers arrives at Westminster Abbey ahead of Professor Stephen Hawking's memorial service on June 15, 2018 in London, England. The world renowned physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, died early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76. Professor Hawking's ashes will be laid to rest close to Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in the nave of Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Avtor Benedict Cumberbatch speaks at Professor Stephen Hawking's memorial service at Westminster Abbey on June 15, 2018 in London, England. The world renowned physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, died early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76. Professor Hawking's ashes will be laid to rest close to Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in the nave of Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
British astronaut Tim Peake speaks at a memorial service for British scientist Stephen Hawking during which his ashes will be buried in the nave of the Abbey church, at Westminster Abbey, in central London on June 15, 2018. - A message from late British astrophysics giant Stephen Hawking was beamed towards the nearest black hole on Friday as his remains were laid to rest in London's Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Lucy Hawking speaks at her father Professor Stephen Hawking's memorial service at Westminster Abbey on June 15, 2018 in London, England. The world renowned physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, died early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76. Professor Hawking's ashes will be laid to rest close to Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in the nave of Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Astronomer Royal Martin Rees speaks at Professor Stephen Hawking's memorial service at Westminster Abbey on June 15, 2018 in London, England. The world renowned physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, died early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76. Professor Hawking's ashes will be laid to rest close to Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in the nave of Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate, Kip Thorne, speaks at Professor Stephen Hawking's memorial service at Westminster Abbey on June 15, 2018 in London, England. The world renowned physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, died early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76. Professor Hawking's ashes will be laid to rest close to Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in the nave of Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
Dean of Westminster, John Hall (3R), accompanied by first wife Jane Hawking (2L) and daughter Lucy Hawking (C), presides over the internment of the ashes of British scientist Stephen Hawking in the nave of the Abbey church during a memorial service at Westminster Abbey, in central London on June 15, 2018. - A message from late British astrophysics giant Stephen Hawking was beamed towards the nearest black hole on Friday as his remains were laid to rest in London's Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Dean of Westminster, John Hall (3R), accompanied by daughter Lucy Hawking (C), watches as first wife Jane Hawking (front) places flowers at the site of the internment of the ashes of British scientist Stephen Hawking in the nave of the Abbey church during a memorial service at Westminster Abbey, in central London on June 15, 2018. - A message from late British astrophysics giant Stephen Hawking was beamed towards the nearest black hole on Friday as his remains were laid to rest in London's Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Dean of Westminster, John Hall (3R), accompanied by first wife Jane Hawking (2L), watches as daughter Lucy Hawking (C), places flowers at the site of the internment of the ashes of British scientist Stephen Hawking in the nave of the Abbey church during a memorial service at Westminster Abbey, in central London on June 15, 2018. - A message from late British astrophysics giant Stephen Hawking was beamed towards the nearest black hole on Friday as his remains were laid to rest in London's Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: The ashes of British scientist Stephen Hawking are held at the site of internment in the nave of Westminster Abbey on June 15, 2018 in London, England. The world renowned physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, died early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76. Professor Hawking's ashes will be laid to rest close to Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in the nave of Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
Flowers are placed alongside the ashes of British scientist Stephen Hawking at the site of internment in the nave of the Abbey church, during a memorial service at Westminster Abbey, in central London on June 15, 2018. - A message from late British astrophysics giant Stephen Hawking was beamed towards the nearest black hole on Friday as his remains were laid to rest in London's Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Flowers are placed alongside the ashes of British scientist Stephen Hawking at the site of internment in the nave of Westminster Abbey on June 15, 2018 in London, England. The world renowned physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, died early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76. Professor Hawking's ashes will be laid to rest close to Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in the nave of Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Members of the congregation file past the ashes of British scientist Stephen Hawking at the site of their internment in the nave of Westminster Abbey on June 15, 2018 in London, England. The world renowned physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, died early in the morning of 14 March 2018, at the age of 76. Professor Hawking's ashes will be laid to rest close to Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in the nave of Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
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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.”

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