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The incredible story of the soccer ball that survived the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster.

More than 30 years ago when the NASA Challenger space shuttle was getting ready to go on its mission, inside the 4.4-million pound launchpad assembly, inside the space shuttle, inside the crew cabin, inside a locker, inside a black duffel bag, was a soccer ball.

Just over 73 seconds into flight, disaster struck: the entire shuttle exploded in mid-air. While most everything, and everyone aboard, was lost, somehow the soccer ball survived.

The story of the ball and the family that sent it into space — twice — makes for a compelling ESPN E:60 documentary. Read about it first then watch it. You won’t be sorry.

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