Life Timeline

For those born May 6, 2001.

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Before you were born

You're one of the first people who's never lived in a world without the International Space Station.

In our January/February 2015 issue, Charles Fishman wrote about the oddity of daily life on the station and the value of its continued operation.


Around the time you were born, NASA launched the Mars Odyssey, a robotic spacecraft with the purpose of orbiting and exploring Mars.

In April 2016, Marina Koren wrote about the 15th anniversary of the Odyssey orbiting Mars.

Year 21

You were born in May of 2001. This year, The Atlantic celebrates its 160th birthday, making it 8 times as old as you.

The year you were born, David Brooks wrote about how deep the divisions between Red and Blue America really ran, just three months after 9/11.


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Touchdown in Outer Space

At 3 years old, you began learning about the world just as we were reaching the outer solar system.

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.

The halfway point

Your life can be divided into two halves: before and after Spotify.

In May 2015, Spencer Kornhaber wrote about the evolution of exercise customization tools in Spotify and the improvements that still need to be made.


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A More Perfect Union

When you turned 7, you witnessed the election of Barack Obama.

The legacy of the first African American couple in the White House would be a major focus of The Atlantic.


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The teenage years

This is what Hollywood thought teenagers looked like the year you became one.

The Fault in Our Stars was released in 2014.


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In 2014, Mo'ne Davis, who was born the same year as you, became the first girl to pitch a shut out game in the Little League World Series.

In August 2013, Hilary Levey Friedman wrote about how parents pick the sports their daughters play.


By the time you turn 33, NASA says it will send humans to explore Mars.

In August 2015, Alakananda Mookerjee wrote about what new Mars colonists would be able to eat—and how they'd grow it.

History in the making

History is happening all around you, every day.

The Atlantic is here to help you process it, in stories like these: