CHICAGO (CBS) — A statue was unveiled at a southwest side elementary school, in honor of the space crew killed in a space shuttle disaster ten years ago, reports WBBM’s Craig Dellimore.

The Columbia Explorers Academy on South Kedzie was built to honor the astronauts of the ill-fated space shuttle Columbia.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of that tragedy, Alderman Edward Burke invited famed astronaut James Lovell to help dedicate a memorial garden and unveil a sculpture entitled, “Under The Milky Way.”
Lovell was delighted to see the kids.

“Maybe it gives them some inspiration to get into their studies up through high school and college and then some will join the program or at least get into some of the STEM activities that we have and then have nice careers,” said Lovell.

The children of the elementary school released hundreds of balloons as the modern abstract sculpture was unveiled.

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