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In April 2011, The Atlantic editors collected essays about human spaceflight on the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic trip.
The year you were born, Robert Moses, the controversial and influential city planner who shaped the development of New York City, defended his vision for the American city.
In March 2016, Clare Foran wrote about President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba, which ended the trade embargo.
Over the years, the moon landing has come to be lauded as the pinnacle of human achievement, although it was often derided at the time. In 1963, NASA astronauts took to The Atlantic to plead the case for landing on the moon.
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Cooley High was released in 1975.
On February 7, 2014, Matt Ford wrote about the geopolitical landscape of decades of Winter Olympics from the times of Soviet dominance into the present.
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In July 2015, David Sims wrote about how Cruise's Mission: Impossible franchise resists character development in favor of insane stunts.
In April 2014, Eric Levenson looked back on the games that popularized handheld gaming.
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With NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission in 2005, humans landed a probe in the outer reaches of the solar system for the first time, a moment Ross Andersen called the most glorious mission in the history of planetary science.
In February 2012, Charles A. Kupchan wrote about the world's emerging economies, and how the world will look by 2050.
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