Soccer Ball Recovered From Failed Space Mission Makes It Into Orbit

Astronaut Shane Kimbrough takes the intact soccer ball into space almost 30 years after it was retrieved from the explosion.
1:17 | 02/08/17

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Finally here, we all remember the challenger, and where we were. Tonight, linsey Davis on a trip finally made. Reporter: Astronaut Shane Kimbrough with special cargo aboard the international space station. A mission more than 30 years in the making. Challenger astronaut Ellison onizuka took that same soccer ball, from his daughter Janelle's soccer team, on that fateful flight. Challenger never made it into space, exploding 73 seconds after liftoff. On a Florida beach they are gathering the bits and pieces, the driftwood of tragedy in space. Reporter: That ball was recovered intact and returned to clear lake high school in Houston. You can barely make out messages like this one. Good luck Schultz crew. Commander Kimbrough, who has a son at that same school, asked to take the ball with him. And tonight it is finally floating in space. Onizuka's daughter, Janelle saying, "The ball has continued the mission my father embarked upon so many years ago. Inspiring so many through its history." Mission accomplished. Our hangs to linsey more than 30 years later. Thanks for watching. I'm David Muir. I hope to see you back here tomorrow. Good night.

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