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August 4, 1989

'What Do You Care What Other People Think?': Further Adventures of a Curious Character

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USAF 833rd Air Division Hospital Holloman Air Force Base, NM

USAF 833rd Air Division Hospital Holloman Air Force Base, NM

JAMA. 1989;262(5):699-700. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430050117041

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The landing on March 18, 1989, of the orbiter Discovery and its crew marked another successful mission for the space program, back on line after the two-year break that followed the Challenger disaster of January 1986. The safety policies accompanying this most recent flight of Discovery (STS-29) were exemplary and reflect progress made since the Challenger and its aftermath. Challenger: The Final Voyage documented the tragedy and presented the findings and recommendations of the Rogers Commission (Challenger. JAMA. 1988;260:3070-3071).

Richard P. Feynman, physicist and Nobel Prize winner, was asked to serve on that commission to help determine "what went wrong with the shuttle!" The second half of his book "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" is a delightful and amusing description of his service on the commission. The humor is so tasteful that the book maintains decorum in treating the shuttle explosion and loss of the astronauts and the