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Physician-Astronauts Have Pioneered During Two Decades of Shuttle Flights

Mike Mitka
JAMA. 2001;286(3):291-292. doi:10.1001/jama.286.3.291.
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When Bernard A. Harris, Jr, MD, was a child living in the Navajo nation in northern Arizona where his mother taught school, he would climb to a plateau, watch the sun go down, and wonder about the night sky.

Astronaut Bernard A. Harris, Jr, MD, mission specialist, works with a sample at the Heater Facility, part of the Werkestofflabor material sciences laboratory in the Spacelab D-2 Science Module aboard the space shuttle Columbia. (Photo credit: NASA)

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Astronaut Bernard A. Harris, Jr, MD, mission specialist, works with a sample at the Heater Facility, part of the Werkestofflabor material sciences laboratory in the Spacelab D-2 Science Module aboard the space shuttle Columbia. (Photo credit: NASA)

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Astronaut F. Story Musgrave, MD, mission specialist, sits atop a centrifuge, which supports a medical experiment, and takes a "trip" around the mid deck of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Challenger during the Spacelab 2 mission. (Photo credit: NASA)

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