The Soccer Ball That Survived Challenger »

Tonya Malinowski, at ESPN:

In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger stunned the nation when it broke apart 73 seconds into flight. This is the story of the soccer ball that survived — and the family that sent it into space, twice.

I was born the day of the Challenger explosion, and had no idea about this story until I saw this story. It’s an incredible, heart-touching read.