In February 1949, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project, wrote that the United States must approach its international responsibility for the atomic bomb with an open mind.
In December 1946, Karl T. Compton wrote about what it would have been like without the use of atomic weapons.
The year you were born, Karl T. Compton wrote about the effect of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II—and the potential cost had they not been used.
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In February 2013, Ruth Graham wrote about the impact of the novel Polyanna. Mills starred in the film adaptation in 1960.
In August 2013, Garance Franke-Ruta wrote about an important interview between Martin Luther King and Robert Penn Warren.
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 August 2011, Leah Carroll talked with MTV News anchor Kurt Loder on the network's 30th birthday.
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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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