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In June 2012, Brian Resnick wrote about University of Maryland's Colin Gore and the test flight of his human-powered helicopter.
The year you were born, Arnold Whitridge wrote about the college undergraduates that petitioned the President not to intervene in Europe during World War II.
In July 2013, Susan Dunn wrote about the debate over whether the U.S. should join World War II.
In February 2013, Alexis Madrigal wrote about the serendipity of success through anecdotes of technological advancement.
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 2010, Cristine Russell wrote about the practice of in vitro fertilization (IVF) becoming more common.
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In September 2015, Andy Kroll wrote about Pelosi's unflagging enthusiasm for political work, and the consequences of her stamina—for her, and for the Democratic Party.
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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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