STS-26 Return to Flight, launch & landing (9-29-88)
STS-26 Launch CNN Coverage
STS-26 Launch NASA-TV Coverage
Space Shuttle Flight 26 (STS-26) Post-Flight Presentation
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.