NASA turns 60, with a rich history of missions behind it and many more ahead

FOR A SPECIES THAT WAS HANDED WHAT MIGHT BE THE best of all possible planets, humans have been oddly anxious to leave it. Our itch to venture into space has been with us ever since we first realized that the points of light in the sky are actually places in the sky. Recognizing a place, for us, is

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