In April 2011, The Atlantic editors collected essays about human spaceflight on the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic trip.
The year you were born, Robert Moses, the controversial and influential city planner who shaped the development of New York City, defended his vision for the American city.
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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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In May 1979, James Fallows, who was a speech writer for Carter, wrote about why the latter's presidency had been so constrained.
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In July 2015, David Sims wrote about how Cruise's Mission: Impossible franchise resists character development in favor of insane stunts.
In April 2014, Eric Levenson looked back on the games that popularized handheld gaming.
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