In February 2011, Alexis C. Madrigal surfaced footage from an early dive that featured a Lambertsen Underwater Respiratory Unit in action.
The year you were born, Justina Hill wrote about the fight against influenza, as the number of cases swelled nationwide.
In the November 1960 issue, veteran and military historian S.L.A. Marshall described landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy, drawn from his notes taken on that day.
In January 2012, Wendy Kaminer wrote about that Supreme Court decision (Engel v. Vitale), and how school prayer affected U.S. politics.
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 October 2009, Mark Bowden wrote about the toll of constant coverage.
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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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