In May 2014, John Tierney wrote about the increasingly common practice of self check-out in stores and its possible effects in the retail environment.
The year you were born, H. L. Mencken wrote about the military career and mythos of Erich Ludendorff, just months after the latter's promotion made him a leader of the German forces in the First World War.
In March 2003, Christopher Hitchens wrote about the political and literary legacy of Britain's policy of "divide and quit."
In October 2015, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote about the lasting effects of mass incarceration on African American families.
In a special commemorative issue published in 2013, Alan Brinkley wrote about the enduring popularity of JFK.
In November 2015, David Sims wrote about the return of Star Trek to television.
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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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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