Stephen Hawking’s voice will be beamed 3,500 light years into space


It’s meant to send a message of peace and hope, Hawking’s family said in a statement. Mark McCaughrean, senior adviser for science and exploration at the European Space Agency, told CNN the musical piece is about six and a half minutes,

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Greek composer Vangelis — yes, the “Chariots of Fire” guy — set the physicist’s voice to an original piece of music for the occasion. It’s meant to send a message of peace and hope, Hawking’s family said in a statement.

Mark McCaughrean, senior adviser for science and exploration at the European Space Agency, told CNN the musical piece is about six and a half minutes, with a voiceover by Hawking in the middle. He said it’s pretty somber and is about considering the Earth as a place people come from and need to look after.

Scientists will use the Cebreros antenna to send it toward 1A 0620-00, the nearest known black hole — some 3,500 light years from Earth. It’s one of the most famous black holes in the universe, McCaughrean said.

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It'll take about 35 minutes to send the music into space. After the ceremony, the music will be played at a reception for people in attendance. Every person at the ceremony will receive a CD with the piece of music, and at a later date it'll be released to the public.

“It's a nice story overall, and we're very honored to have been asked to do this,” McCaughrean said. “Hawking is a highly influential scientist and public figure. This is a lovely, beautiful, symbolic gesture.”

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Hawking's family is thankful for the memorial service — and that his voice will travel to space.

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