The funeral of Stephen Hawking invited time travelers

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Time travellers welcome to Stephen Hawking's memorial service

At least 1,000 people plus time travelers from the future have a chance to attend Stephen Hawking's memorial service.

Hawking's ashes are to be interred between Sir Isaac Newton and Sir Charles Darwin in Westminster Abbey, in London, during a ceremony on June 15 and a thousand members of the public have been invited to attend through a ballot system.

One of the most endearing stories about the late Stephen Hawking was when he put out an invite to time travellers to attend a party of his - but no one came.

The theoretical physicist who captured the imagination of millions around the world died on March 14 at the age of 76.

The ballot for tickets to the memorial service runs until May 15. Up to 1,000 places are available at the Service of Thanksgiving, although entering your details does not guarantee you a place.

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To complete the registration, one must include their birthday, and London travel blogger IanVisits noticed that you can be born over two decades into the future, through December 31, 2018, and still apply.

The online form for the public ballot lets people scroll from 1918 to 2038 when choosing their date of birth.

In 2009, he held a party and invited them to see if they would attend.

"None did, but it seems flawless that the memorial website allows people born in the future to attend the service".

This memorial service isn't the first time Hawking has been linked with time travelers.

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While all applicants appear to be from the present day, a spokesman for the Stephen Hawking Foundation said: "We can not exclude the possibility of time travel as it has not been disproven to our satisfaction".

'All things are possible until proven otherwise'. Despite that possibility, it certainly seems fitting that the memorial for the world's most well-known scientist extended an invitation to possible time travelers.

'He was curious and he had a great sense of humour, ' she said. The physics professor said he put out the invitations after the event, with the thinking that if time travel was possible, people would leap back a few years to go to the party.

Commenting on having an "extraordinary" time working in the field of cosmology, he said he was happy to have made a contribution "to our understanding of black holes and the origin of the universe".

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