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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 October 1984, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. wrote about the unlikely and impactful partnership that developed between Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.
In July 2002, Michael Benson wrote about what NASA had enabled—a sublime portal to the cosmos, accessible from any computer.
In the July/August 2014 issue of the magazine, Joshua Wolf Shenk wrote about the brilliance of the creative collaboration between Lennon and Paul McCartney.
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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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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