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The year you were born, Samuel Spring wrote about the incautious financial decisions that brought on the Great Depression, and the renewed trust and caution needed to prevent future recession.
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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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