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Stephen Hawking's voice to be beamed towards BLACK HOLE thousands of light years away as his ashes are interred at Westminster Abbey

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Stephen Hawking’s voice will be beamed at a black hole deep in space as his ashes are interred at Westminster Abbey.

The late scientist’s words have been set to an original piece of music by famous composer Vangelis for the service on Friday.

And the broadcast will be beamed at our nearest black hole, thousands of light years away, as a message of “peace and hope”.

CAMBRIDGE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE - NOVEMBER 21:  Professor Stephen Hawking addressing The Cambridge Union on November 21, 2017 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  (Photo by Chris Williamson/Getty Images) © Getty CAMBRIDGE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE - NOVEMBER 21: Professor Stephen Hawking addressing The Cambridge Union on November 21, 2017 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. (Photo by Chris Williamson/Getty Images)

The outer space transmission will take place after the Service of Thanksgiving, Professor Hawking’s daughter said.

The service will feature readings and addresses from a number of people including astronaut Tim Peake and Benedict Cumberbatch, who played the physicist in a BBC drama.

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Prof Hawking's children have expressed their gratitude to Westminster Abbey for allowing their father to have a "distinguished" final resting place between the graves of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

His daughter Lucy described the Vangelis composition as 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".

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She added: "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.

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

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 21, 1999 file photo Professor Stephen Hawking smiles during a news conference at the University of Potsdam, near Berlin, Germany. Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, has died, a family spokesman said early Wednesday, March 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File) © AP FILE - In this Wednesday, July 21, 1999 file photo Professor Stephen Hawking smiles during a news conference at the University of Potsdam, near Berlin, Germany. Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, has died, a family spokesman said early Wednesday, March 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

One thousand members of the public, from more than 100 countries, have been offered the opportunity to attend the thanksgiving service, after a ballot attracted 25,000 applications for tickets.

Guests will be welcomed by volunteers from the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

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