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.
Check out this interesing, literally illuminating, idea: The Soccket Ball is a soccer ball that generates power the more you play with it.
Weighing just a bit more than a standard soccer ball, the Soccket Ball includes an internal power-generating pendulum that harnesses and stores the power created throught its use. Millions of people in the developing world lack access to clean and safe electricity. Potentiall, this innovative device gives them a way to produce power with every kick.
David Baxter and his Japanese wife, Yumi, pose with the soccer ball and volleyball lost in last year's Japanese tsunami.
While roaming the beach on Alaska’s barren, largely uninhabited Middleton Island, radar station technician David Baxter noticed a soccer ball floating off the shore. But it wasn’t until he fished it out that Baxter realized how far the ball had traveled: some 3,000 miles, from its home in Japan, where a disastrous tsunami killed 19,000 people and poured the belongings of thousands of others into the ocean more than a year ago.