In March 2016, Carmen Petaccio wrote about the changes in recent history to comic-book heroes, and how they correlate with times of despair in America.
The year you were born, Raoul de Roussy de Sales wrote about the defining features of American nationality.
In July 2000, Francis X. Rocca wrote about the diplomacy between two Axis powers.
In December 2006, William Langewiesche wrote about how a terrorist might go about obtaining a nuclear weapon.
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.
In June 2015, David Sims wrote about how Apple and IBM convinced people to buy home computers in the 1970s and '80s.
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In January 2013, Esther Zuckerman wrote about Turner's decision to relinquish her U.S. citizenship.
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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.
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