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29/09/1988 Space Shuttle Discovery is launched

8:23

STS-26 Return to Flight, launch & landing (9-29-88)

1:44:19

STS-26 Launch CNN Coverage

55:43

STS-26 Launch NASA-TV Coverage

13:01

Space Shuttle Flight 26 (STS-26) Post-Flight Presentation

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Return to Space Mission: The STS-26 Crew Report

It was the first Space Shuttle flight after Challenger disaster in 1986. Apart from restarting the Shuttle program, the mission had several payloads. Most important was TDRS-3 Satelite. Astronauts conducted several experiments. Discovery suffered severe thermal protection damage during re-entry. Similar damage led to the loss of Columbia fifteen years later.
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    • Crew 

    • Mission summary 

    • Wake-up calls