STS -26 (English Space Transportation System) is a mission name for the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery ( OV- 103), NASA. The launch took place on 29 September 1988. It was the 26th Space Shuttle mission and the seventh flight of Space Shuttle Discovery.


  • Frederick Hauck ( third space flight), Commander
  • Richard Covey ( second space flight), Pilot
  • John Lounge ( second space flight), Mission Specialist
  • George Nelson ( third space flight), Mission Specialist
  • David Hilmer ( second space flight), Mission Specialist

This was the first shuttle mission without a space novice.

Mission overview

After a break of about two and a half years, due to the Challenger disaster, the shuttle program was resumed with this mission. This is also returned to the original numbering system. Since STS -51 -L was the 25th shuttle flight, the follow-up mission was designated the STS- 26th

The launch took place with a delay of 98 minutes because still had to be corrected a fault in the cooling system of the suits of two crew members.

In addition to performing a variety of experiments of all kinds, the Mission of the communications satellite TDRS -3. The mission objectives were achieved almost all. A disturbance in the climate system of the space shuttle meant that the temperature inside the Discovery temporarily increased to about 30 ° C.

The landing was planned in Edwards AFB, California. Discovery was transported back five days later by a special plane to Cape Canaveral, Florida.