“Brazilians remember the joy of Chapecoense’s victory against San Lorenzo and the heartache of the crash as if it were yesterday.” : Sheena Rossiter a few days ago, writing about the joy and then the wrenching sadness one year later.
This got me thinking about the uniting power of football. A game of dreams uniting 3.5 billion people from all walks of life, from a humble street boy to the wealthiest child.
And got to wondering.
Can we honour their inspiring story with a Mountain on the Moon?
Looking up at the moon, knowing that all its craters and rilles and plains are named by scientists for other scientists and explorers, like Tycho Brahe centuries long-dead. And ordinary people don’t get dreams recognized.
Billions of people know the name Chapecoense. A living symbol uniting and uplifting all of us.
It has a nice sound to it. A feeling of completeness. A feeling of sadness embraced. Heroes for all of us. And hope made new. A shining symbol we can all see and look up to. Every night in every window.
On the Moon.
: by David Huer
Naming lunar features – what we need to Democratize
Source: https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/how-are-places-on-the-moon-named-48457/ The International Astronomical Union (IAU) controls the naming of features on bodies other than Earth. “Currently, the guidelines for submission and assignment of new names for lunar craters are:
1) a scientist or explorer who has made some significant contribution, preferably to the study of the Moon and planets;
2) deceased for at least three years before name becomes official;
3) it cannot duplicate any existing lunar name.”
Confederação Brasileira de Futebol
Governo da República Federativa do Brasil
Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil
Ministério do Esporte
Ministério da Cultura
Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia, Inovações e Comunicações
Fédération Internationale de Football Association
União Astronômica Internacional/International Astronomical Union (IAU)
Chapecoense Team at their last game, 2016.
Children in playground
Photo by Lukas from Pexels
By xlibber (Crescent Moon) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Jakarta slum life (boys with football): https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AJakarta_slumlife40.JPG By Jonathan McIntosh (Own work) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Poor kids’ World Cup (see inspiring photomontage)
By Pumbaa80 (Self-published work by Pumbaa80) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. Placed atop citymoon icon.