Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery, September 1988

Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery, September 1988


Vintage chromogenic print, 25.4 x 20.2 cm

KSC-88PC-1033, caption on verso

[Caption] Kennedy Space Centre, Florida – The Space Shuttle Discovery and its five man crew is launched from pad 39-B at 11.37 am as STS-26 embarks on a four day mission, marking America’s return to space. On the first day of orbit, the crew will deploy from the orbiter’s payload bay, the primary payload, the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-C). The Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) will boost the satellite to a geosynchronous altitude from low Earth orbit. When in place, TDRS-C will relay data from low Earth orbiting spacecraft, and air-to-ground voice communications and television from Space Shuttle orbiters during missions. The crew members of STS-26 are: Commander Rick Hauck; Pilot Richard Covey; and Mission Specialists Dave Hilmer, Mike Lounger, and George “Pinky” Nelson.

Condition: mint

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