Hawking's ashes interred between Isaac Newton & Charles Darwin in Westminster Abbey

The ashes of world-renowned physicist and philosopher, Stephen Hawking, who died in March, has been interred between the tombs of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin in London’s Westminster Abbey.

This followed a memorial service Friday.

Hawking died at 76 from a progressive neurodegenerative disease that he lived with for decades. 

After the service, Hawking’s voice was set to be beamed into space.

His words, which his daughter, Lucy Hawking, said are a message of peace and hope, was set to music by Greek composer Vangelis.

She said the recording would be beamed to the closest black hole, “which lives in a binary system with a fairly ordinary orange dwarf star,” she said.

It will take 3,500 years to reach there.

Hawking’s ashes were interred in the Scientists’ Corner, a section of the abbey that honors people who made significant contributions in the field of science.

The iconic scientist covered topics from the nature of philosophy to the existence of extraterrestrial life.

His 1988 book, A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes, has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

He was diagnosed at the age of 21 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a debilitating illness that doctors estimated would kill him in just two years.

But he lived for decades with the disease, using a wheelchair to move and a computer system to speak.

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