STS-26



DescriptionSTS-26 was the 26th NASASpace Shuttle mission and the seventh flight of the orbiter Discovery. The mission launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on 29 September 1988, and landed four days later on 3 October. STS-26 was declared the "Return to Flight" mission, being the first mission after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster of 28 January 1986. It was the first mission since STS-9 to use the original STS numbering system, the first to have all its crew members wear pressure suits for launch and landing since STS-4, and the first mission with bailout capacity since STS-4. STS-26 was also the first all-veteran crew mission since Apollo 11, with all of its crew members having flown at least one prior mission.
Year of flight1988
Distance travelled (km)2,703,000
Days of mission4
Launch Date29/09/1988
Landing Date3/10/1988
Launch site (Mapping)Kennedy Space Center
Landing site (Mapping)Edwards Airforce Base
Landing siteEdwards Runway 17
Landing mass (kg)88078
Launch mass (kg)115487
OperatorNASA
Mission typeSatellite deployment
Reference systemGeocentric
Perigee (km)301.00
Apogee (km)306.00
Orbital period (minutes)90.60
Orbits completed64
Inclination (degreees)28.50
Crew size5
MembersFrederick H. Hauck Richard O. Covey John M. Lounge David C. Hilmers George D. Nelson
Spacecraft typeSpace Shuttle Discovery
Source (Wikipedia Page)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-26