“The Legendary Pelé” receives cosmic tribute from NASA

That Death of Brazilian soccer legend Pelé on Thursday triggered a wave of grief around the world. And for those at NASA, the 82-year-old’s death transcended even the realms of the planet.

The space agency tweeted its own tribute to “the legendary Pelé” on Thursday, sharing an intriguing photo of a spiral galaxy depicting the colors of Brazil — green, yellow, and blue. The image taken by the Galaxy Evolution Explorer satellite shows the galaxy NGC 300 in the Sculptor constellation.

NGC 300 is about 7 million light-years away, according to NASA, and is known for its “vigorous star formation.” This particular picture was taken in 2005. The blue dots in the outer arms of the galaxy’s spirals are the young stars, while older stars in yellow and green colors are clustered toward the center. The small pink bursts indicate gases being heated by “hot young stars and tremors from winds from massive stars and supernova explosions,” NASA said.

Pelé, who many refer to as “The King”, spent around 20 years playing football in Brazil, for both club Santos and the country’s national team. In 1958 he led Brazil to the world title at the age of just 17, becoming the youngest ever world champion. He led his team to two more victories in 1962 and 1970, becoming the only player to win three of the global tournaments.

And his World Championship accolades go beyond the victories themselves. According to FIFA, Pele is also the youngest person to score in a World Cup match, the youngest person to score a World Cup hat-trick and the youngest finalist in World Cup history. His victories prompted FIFA to name him the greatest player of the 20th century.

Pele has been in treatment for colon cancer since 2021. The hospital where he was being treated at the time of his death said Thursday he died of multiple organ failure.

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Rick Schindler

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