A recording of Stephen Hawking’s voice was beamed into space following his memorial service. 

Hawking’s voice recording was beamed off a satellite into space towards “the nearest black hole, 1A 0620-00, which lives in a binary system with a fairly ordinary orange dwarf star,” using the European Space Agency satellite dish in Spain, Hawking’s daughter Lucy said in a statement. His ashes were scattered between the remains of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin at London’s Westminster Abbey.

Hawking’s voice were set to an original score by Chariots of Fire composer Vangelis. His daughter Lucy calls the transmission 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”.

Stephen Hawking passed away in March at the age of 76.