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In June 2012, Elizabeth Grossman wrote about the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's book, and its continued significance.
The year you were born, Walter Lippman insisted that the United States could be trusted to protect its allies, and the interests of the world, with its nuclear weapons.
The events of that day reverberated across decades, even across oceans, as this essay from a high school student in New Zealand, written in 2015, attested.
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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Carrie was released in 1976.
In June 2015, David Sims wrote about the introduction of the personal computer.
In April 2014, Eric Levenson looked back on the games that popularized handheld gaming.
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In February 2012, Jonathan Bogart wrote about Houston's legacy.
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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 May 2012, Stewart M. Patrick wrote about the Intelligence Community's report on global water scarcity, and the plan to combat it.
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