https://flic.kr/p/RGkgxW | iss050e033912 | iss050e033912 (01/21/2017) --- A soccer ball originally packed onto space shuttle Challenger in 1986 is now orbiting the Earth on board the International Space Station, 31 years later. The soccer ball was signed and presented to NASA astronaut Ellison Onizuka by soccer players -- including his daughter -- from Clear Lake High School, near NASA's Johnson Space Center. Onizuka was one of seven astronauts on board Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986, when it…
Ellison Shoji Onizuka (鬼塚 承次 Onizuka Shōji?, June 24, 1946 – January 28, 1986) was an American astronaut from Kealakekua, Kona, Hawaii, who successfully flew into space with the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-51-C, before losing his life to the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger, where he was serving as Mission Specialist for mission STS-51-L. He was the first Asian American to reach space.
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