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York USA (9 October 2009 LT) — Luna Society
International (LSI) has announced that a crater on Luna, Earth’s
Moon, has been renamed to honor musician and peace activist John
The crater, which is located in the Moon’s Lacus Somniorum
(“Lake of Dreams”) district, has been given the honorary
designation as the
John Lennon Peace Crater on the occasion of
the 69th anniversary of Mr. Lennon’s birth.
Forty years ago, in March 1969, Mr. Lennon and his wife, the
artist Yoko Ono, staged their first “Bed-In For Peace” in
Amsterdam. The event was followed in June of the same year by a
second “Bed-In” in Montréal, during which Mr. Lennon composed
and recorded the anthem “Give Peace A Chance.”
It is estimated that a quarter-million protesters sang the
chorus from “Give Peace A Chance” at the first Vietnam
Moratorium Day, held on 15 October 1969. Since then, the song
has been adopted by anti-war activists around the world.
Mr. Lennon, whose colorful and often controversial life was cut
short in 1980, left a lasting legacy as an activist against war,
bigotry, sexism and other forms of injustice.
As a musician and founder of The Beatles, in partnership with
Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, Mr. Lennon was
one of the most successful and influential artists in the
history of entertainment. He was inducted, posthumously, into
the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1987) and into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame (in 1988 as a member of The Beatles, and in 1994 as
a solo artist), and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement
The crater designated to honor John Lennon was previously known
as Daniell D, and is located at 37.0º North (latitude) and 25.8º
East (longitude) on the so-called Earthside of the Moon. It
measures approximately six kilometers in diameter, with a depth
of about 990 meters.
The John Lennon Peace Crater is part of the Daniell crater
group, named for John Frederic Daniell (1790-1845), a
London-born physicist, meteorologist and professor of chemistry.
It is the largest of three satellite craters to Daniell, and
rests in the heart of the Moon’s magnificent Lake of Dreams.
official designation of a Lunar crater is a singular honor
bestowed upon only a select few luminaries. Among those
receiving this rare tribute over the past century are Leonardo
da Vinci, Christopher Columbus, Sir Isaac Newton, Julius Caesar
and Jules Verne.
Luna Society International is the world’s largest and most
prominent group advocating privatized exploration, settlement
and development of Earth’s Moon. The centerpiece of the
Society’s effort is a ten-year, $3.8-billion (USD) program to
return humans to the Moon and establish permanent bases there.
The Society has also developed the most successful
commercially-available lunar photomap software ever released to
the public, the Full Moon Atlas (http://www.fullmoonatlas.com),
which is used by astronomers and in classrooms around the world.
The Society successfully advocated the removal of a crater named
for an accused Nazi war criminal, Dr. Hans Eppinger, Jr., by the
International Astronomical Union, and was the prime mover behind
the draft proposal to designate a group of Lunar craters as a
memorial to the seven crew members who perished in the 2003
Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) tragedy. (See
Luna Society International is a registered International
Business Company (IBC #519589) currently authorized to operate
in more than 200 nations around the world, including the United
States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France,
China, Japan and India, as well as all other nations in Europe,
Asia and the Americas.
The Society’s main operations hubs are in Hong Kong and on the
Isle of Man (U.K.). It maintains a satellite office in Manhattan
for business operations in the Americas.
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JOHN LENNON PEACE CRATER INFORMATION:
Eponym: John (Winston) Ono Lennon (Daniell D)
Location: Central Lacus Somniorum (37.0° N 25.8° E)
Approximate Crater Diameter: ~6.0 kilometers
Crater Depth: ~990 meters
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