referring to In 1986, astronaut Ellison Onizuka boarded the ill-fated Challenger carrying a soccer ball from his daughter’s high school team with him.
In the image, the soccer ball can be seen floating in front of a space station window, remarkably intact despite its history.
‘The soccer ball in many ways has continued the mission my father embarked upon so many years ago,’ said Janelle Onizuka-Gillian, now a Falcon Mom.
Now, more than 30 years after the tragedy, an image from the International Space Station shared by astronaut Shane Kimbrough reveals the soccer ball has finally made it to orbit.
Seven astronauts were killed when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, including Payload Specialists Christa McAuliffe and Gregory B. Jarvis, Mission Specialist Judith A. Resnik, Commander Francis R. Scobee, Mission Specialist Ronald E. McNair, Pilot Michael J. Smith, and Mission Specialist Ellison S. Onizuka.
As it stated in A soccer ball on board the Challenger space shuttle has finally made it into space.
The ball was eventually recovered and returned to the high school before Kimbrough brought the ball into space.
“The soccer ball in many ways has continued the mission my father embarked upon so many years ago.
Onizuka brought the ball with him for his daughter, who played soccer for her high school team.
Astronaut Shane Kimbrough posted a picture of the ball floating in his spaceship to his Twitter page.
Soccer Ball Recovered From Ill-Fated Shuttle Challenger Flown to Space Station
As it stated in A soccer ball flown aboard the ill-fated launch of the space shuttle Challenger floats on the International Space Station.
HOUSTON — A soccer ball that was on the ill-fated launch of the space shuttle Challenger has made it to orbit 30 years later, thanks to a shared connection between one of the fallen astronauts and the current commander on the International Space Station.
“Space station commander Col. Shane Kimbrough took a piece of CLHS Falcon history into space,” the high school announced on its website.
NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough seen floating next to the airlock in Japan’s Kibo module on the International Space Station.
Onizuka’s family later returned the recovered soccer ball to Clear Lake High School.
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