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POST TIME: 19 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Hawking’s voice to be beamed into space during memorial
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Hawking’s voice to be beamed into space during memorial

Members of the congregation file past the ashes of British scientist Stephen Hawking at the site of their internment in the nave of the Abbey church, during a memorial service at Westminster Abbey, in central London on Friday. AFP photo

LONDON: A message from late British astrophysics giant Stephen Hawking will be beamed towards the nearest black hole as his remains are laid to rest in London’s Westminster Abbey recently, reports AFP..

As the ashes of the British theoretical physicist are interred, a specially-written composition featuring his famous synthesised voice will be beamed into space by the European Space Agency.

“This 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,” said his daughter Lucy Hawking.

The wheelchair-bound professor, who dedicated his life’s work to unravelling the mysteries of the universe and fought to overcome his disability, will be buried by the graves of fellow science greats Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

“The broadcast will be beamed towards the nearest black hole, 1A 0620-00, which lives in a binary system with a fairly ordinary orange dwarf star,” Hawking’s daughter said.

“It is a message of peace and hope, about unity and the need for us to live together in harmony on this planet.”

Hawking, who captured the imagination of millions around the world, died on March 14 at the age of 76. Propelled to stardom by his 1988 book “A Brief History of Time”, an unlikely worldwide bestseller, Hawking’s genius and wit won over fans from far beyond the rarefied world of astrophysics.