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In March 2014, Corby Kummer wrote about the delicate art of making a simple cup of coffee.
In August 2016, Ed Yong wrote about the oldest fossils on Earth.
The year you were born, Hugo Münsterberg wrote about why the American education system should prioritize serious learning over happiness.
In May 2011, Nicholas Jackson wrote about the original Mount Rushmore.
In June 2012, Elizabeth Grossman wrote about the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's book, and its continued significance.
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 February 1941, Welty wrote a short story in The Atlantic about a woman traveling down a path to town.
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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.
The Atlantic is here to help you process it, in stories like these: