Stephen Hawking’s voice blasted into space in the direction of the black hole

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The famous physicist Stephen Hawking will touch the universe, for the last time, when the voice of the late scientist beams in space with a message of peace and hope, in the direction of a black hole, about 3,500 light years from the Earth.

Hawking’s voice will be set on a piece of music by Greek electronic music composer Vangelis, and will be broadcast by the European Space Agency later on Friday, the AP reported.

The broadcast will be beamed to the nearest black hole, 1A 0620-00, which resides in a binary system with a rather ordinary orange dwarf star, his daughter Lucy Hawking said in a statement.


“It is a message of peace and hope, unity and the need for us to live together in harmony on this planet,” she said in comments obtained by the AP.

Hawking, who died in March at age 76, and was buried in Westminster Abbey, the world famous 1000-year-old location, used for generations of royal coronations, weddings and funerals. Known for his work in theoretical physics, Hawking will be added between other leading British scientists, including Sir Isaac Newton, who formulated the law of universal gravitation and laid the foundations of modern mathematics, and Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution was one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs of all time.

This is the marker that will be placed on the top of #StephenHawking’s grave. Cut a slit in the stone is Hawking’s most famous equation describes the entropy of a black hole.

— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) June 15, 2018

Recent funerals of prominent scientists in Westminster Abbey are Ernest Rutherford, a pioneer in the field of nuclear physics in 1937, and Joseph John Thomson, who discovered electrons, in 1940.

Hawking, who dedicated his life to science, is commemorated in a star-studded memorial service in the abbey, attended by the likes of Piers Morgan and actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Hawking in a 2004 BBC movie. The british-born, gives a lecture in Hawking’s service.

icipants in our #StephenHawking service today include @davidwalliams @nilerodgers @piersmorgan @carolvorders

— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) June 15, 2018


Also attending our #StephenHawking service today @ProfBrianCox and Benedict Cumberbatch.

— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) June 15, 2018

Other attendees at Hawking’s service, David Walliams, Nile Rodgers and Carol Vorders.

Approximately 25,000 people applied to attend the Service of Thanksgiving, according to the Hawking family, but only 1,000 people from 100 countries were given tickets, the BBC reported.

Also attending the service are students that the use of electronic means of communication to them to speak, similar to Hawking, including 20 year old Rose Brown, who said that Hawking, who inspired people, despite his setbacks.

“I plan to become an actress; anyone who puts their mind to something,” Brown said, according to the BBC. “Stephen Hawking proved that more than anyone.”

After graduating from Oxford, He studied in Cambridge, where he was diagnosed with AS. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, als is a deadly motor neuron disease that leads to progressive muscle weakness and atrophy.

Although Hawking may be physically disabled, he did write a number of books, including the bestseller “A brief History of Time,” teaches the physics and the mathematics, the delivering of speeches and even float without gravity, while he is in the field of cosmology and quantum gravity.

Hawking’s death earlier this year hit almost the entire world, including executives in Silicon Valley and other scientists, including Neil deGrasse Tyson and the British astronomer and broadcaster Professor Brian Cox, who is also attending the service in Westminster Abbey.


My goal is simple,” the always loquacious Hawking once said. “It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists.”

Hawking never achieved his goal of a complete understanding of the universe, or why it exists, but his voice will live on in space for all time, a memento few, if any, will ever achieve.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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