The message, which talks about the importance of peace and hope, was recorded by Hawking, and music by the Greek composer Vangelis.
At the same time that the funeral ceremony was being held, the European Space Agency ( ESA) sent the voice message to Space, heading to the nearest black hole known as: 1A 0620-00, located three thousand 500 light years from the Earth, in the constellation of Monoceros.
ESA was honoured to take part in today’s Hawking tribute. An original piece of music featuring Prof. Hawking’s voice was beamed into space by @esa_es‘s ground station at Cebreros in Spain at the time his ashes were interred at Westminster Abbey
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— ESA (@esa) June 15, 2018
About the event, the daughter of the scientist, Lucy Hawking said in a statement:
THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL AND SYMBOLIC GESTURE THAT CREATES A LINK BETWEEN OUR FATHER’S PRESENCE ON THIS PLANET, HIS DESIRE TO GO INTO SPACE AND HIS EXPLORATIONS OF THE UNIVERSE IN HIS MIND.
Hawking, who died in March, at the age of 76 after spending a lifetime researching the origins of the universe and the mysteries of black holes, suffered from a motor neuron disease that forced him to use an electronic voice synthesizer .
Goodbye to a teacher
His ashes were buried among the leading British scientific figures such as Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, in the abbey of London, a place that became famous throughout the world during several royal coronations, weddings and funerals.
Funerals within the abbey are an honor that is rarely allowed: the most recent burials of scientists were those of Ernest Rutherford, pioneer in nuclear physics in 193; and of Joseph John Thomson, a character who discovered electrons in 1940.
The ceremony was attended by people from more than 100 countries, elected by vote, as well as family and friends. One of the main readings was by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Hawking in a BBC film in 2004. Astronaut Tim Peake, as well as Nobel Prize winner Kip Thorne, also paid tribute.
During the farewell celebration, the astronomer Lord Rees said:
MILLIONS HAVE EXPANDED THEIR HORIZONS WITH THEIR BOOKS AND LECTURES, AND EVEN MORE AROUND THE WORLD HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY A UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF ACHIEVEMENT AGAINST ALL ODDS.
At the end of the ceremony, a commemorative stone was placed, designed by the artist John Maine in the place where he will be buried in the Scientific Corner with the inscription:
HERE LIES WHAT WAS STEPHEN HAWKING’S MORTAL 1942-2018.
With information from INDEPENDENT.