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The United States of America is a federal republic of 50 states, a capital district, and a few other territories. It resides mostly in central North America. The U.S. has three land borders, two with Canada and one with Mexico, and is otherwise bounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Bering Sea, the Arctic Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. Of the 50 states, only Alaska and Hawaii are not contiguous with any other state. The U.S. also has a collection of districts, territories, and possessions around the world. Each state has a high level of local autonomy according to the system of federalism. The United States traces its national origin to the declaration by 13 British colonies in 1776 that they were free and independent states. They were recognized as such by the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Since then, the nation has grown to become a global superpower and exerts a high level of economic, political, military, and cultural influence.
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the United States government agency that is responsible for the civilian space program as well as for aeronautics and aerospace research. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1958 with a distinctly civilian (rather than military) orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science. The National Aeronautics and Space Act was passed on July 29, 1958, disestablishing NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The new agency became operational on October 1, 1958. Since that time, most U.S. space exploration efforts have been led by NASA, including the Apollo moon-landing missions, the Skylab space station, and later the Space Shuttle. Currently, NASA is supporting the International Space Station and is overseeing the development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the Space Launch System and Commercial Crew vehicles. The agency is also responsible for the Launch Services Program (LSP) which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for unmanned NASA launches.

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Gerard K. O'Neill (1927-1992) was an American physicist and space activist. As a faculty member of Princeton University, he invented a device called the particle storage ring for high energy physics experiments. Later he invented a magnetic launcher called the mass driver. In the 1970s he developed a plan to build human settlements in outer space, including a space habitat design known as the O'Neill cylinder. He founded the Space Studies Institute, an organization devoted to funding research into space manufacturing and colonization. In 1965 at Stanford University he performed the first colliding beam physics experiment. While teaching physics at Princeton, O'Neill became interested in the possibility that humans could live in outer space. He researched and proposed a futuristic idea for human settlement in space, the O'Neill cylinder in "The Colonization of Space", his first paper on the subject. He held a conference on space manufacturing at Princeton in 1975. Many who became post-Apollo-era space activists attended. O'Neill built his first mass driver prototype with professor Henry Kolm in 1976. He considered mass drivers critical for extracting the mineral resources of the Moon and asteroids.

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There is not a liberal America and a conservative America -- there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America -- there's the United States of America.

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A surfer performing a gash, or very sharp turn, off the Santa Cruz, California coastline. Northern California is a popular surfing destination; however, the year-round low temperature of the ocean in that region (averaging 57ºF/14ºC) necessitates the use of wetsuits.

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A view looking south down Brush Street at the Renaissance Center (rear left) and the Wayne County Building (right) in Detroit, Michigan.
Detroit is the largest city in the U.S. state of Michigan and Metro Detroit is the second largest metropolitan area in the Midwestern United States. Detroit is a major port city on the Detroit River, in the Midwest region of the United States. Located north of Windsor, Ontario Detroit is a geographically unique as the only U.S. city that looks south to Canada. It was founded in 1701 by the Frenchman Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac.

It is known as the world's traditional automotive center — "Detroit" is a metonym for the American automobile industry — and an important source of popular music, legacies celebrated by the city's two familiar nicknames, Motor City and Motown. Other nicknames emerged in the twentieth century, including Rock City, Arsenal of Democracy (during World War II), The D, D-Town, and The 3-1-3 (its area code). The metropolitan area is an important center for research and development; its broad based economy includes advanced manufacturing, robotics, biotechnology, information technology, and finance. Metro Detroit attracts about 15.9 million visitors annually.

In 2008, Detroit ranked as the United States' eleventh most populous city, with 910,920 residents. A population shift to the suburbs began in the 1950s and continued as the metropolitan area grew to one of the nation's largest. The name Detroit sometimes refers to the Metro Detroit area, a sprawling region with a population of 4,425,110 for the Metropolitan Statistical Area, and 5,354,225 for the Combined Statistical Area, making it the nation's eleventh-largest as of the 2008 Census Bureau estimates. The Windsor-Detroit area, a critical commercial link straddling the Canada-U.S. border, has a total population of about 5,800,000.

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Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919 - October 24, 1972) was the first black Major League Baseball (MLB) player of the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. As the first black man to play in the major leagues since the 1880s, he was instrumental in bringing an end to racial segregation in professional baseball, which had relegated black players to the Negro leagues for six decades. The example of his character and unquestionable talent challenged the traditional basis of segregation, which then marked many other aspects of American life, and contributed significantly to the Civil Rights Movement.

Robinson was also known for his pursuits outside the baseball diamond. He was the first black television analyst in Major League Baseball, and the first black vice-president of a major American corporation. In the 1960s, he helped establish the Freedom National Bank, an African-American-owned financial institution based in Harlem, New York. In recognition of his achievements on and off the field, Robinson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

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As of 26 March 2019, there are 1,185 featured and 3,005 good articles within WikiProject United States scope. This makes up 5.41% of the articles on Wikipedia, 13.34% of all featured articles and lists, and 10.23% of all good articles. Including non-article pages, such as talk pages, redirects, categories, etcetera, there are 1,021,744 pages in the project.
Featured culture biographies: Actors and filmmakers - James Thomas Aubrey, Jr. o Kroger Babb o Eric Bana o Joseph Barbera o Bette Davis o Kirsten Dunst o Judy Garland o Jake Gyllenhaal o Maggie Gyllenhaal o Anthony Michael Hall o William Hanna o Phil Hartman o Ethan Hawke o Katie Holmes o Janet Jackson o Michael Jackson o Angelina Jolie o Diane Keaton o Madonna (entertainer) o Austin Nichols o Brad Pitt o Nancy Reagan o Ronald Reagan o Aaron Sorkin o KaDee Strickland o Sharon Tate o Reese Witherspoon o Anna May Wong; Arts and entertainment - James Robert Baker o William D. Boyce o Stephen Crane o H.D. o Emily Dickinson o George Washington Dixon o Zelda Fitzgerald o Margaret Fuller o William Gibson o Rufus Wilmot Griswold o Ernest Hemingway o Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. o Jenna Jameson o James Russell Lowell o Master Juba o I. M. Pei o Edgar Allan Poe o Roman Vishniac o Nathaniel Parker Willis; Musicians - Aaliyah o Alice in Chains o Audioslave o Bix Beiderbecke o Big Star o Mariah Carey o Damageplan o Bob Dylan o Flea (musician) o Black Francis o John Frusciante o Godsmack o The Greencards o Insane Clown Posse o Janet Jackson o Michael Jackson o Bradley Joseph o Maynard James Keenan o Frank Klepacki o David Lovering o Madonna (entertainer) o John Mayer o Metallica o Nine Inch Nails o Nirvana (band) o The Notorious B.I.G. o Leo Ornstein o Ellis Paul o Pearl Jam o Pixies o Elvis Presley o Selena o Slayer o The Smashing Pumpkins o Elliott Smith o Gwen Stefani o The Supremes o Tool (band) o Uncle Tupelo o Wilco o Frank Zappa; Sports and games - Nick Adenhart o Shelton Benjamin o Moe Berg o Tim Duncan o Bobby Eaton o Orval Grove o Art Houtteman o Magic Johnson o Michael Jordan o Bart King o Sandy Koufax o Jimmy McAleer o Bob Meusel o Stan Musial o Ben Paschal o CM Punk o J. R. Richard o Jackie Robinson o Bill Russell o Sigi Schmid o Lee Smith (baseball) o Ozzie Smith o Paul Stastny o Jim Thorpe o Tyrone Wheatley

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Featured lists: There are over 230 Featured lists in the scope of United States including: 109th United States Congress o Commandant of the Marine Corps o Korean War Medal of Honor recipients o Most populous counties in the United States o National Parks of the United States o Tallest buildings in Washington, D.C. o U.S. state name etymologies o U.S. states by population o United States Secretary of Energy o Volcanoes in the Hawaiian - Emperor seamount chain
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Featured portals: o California o Portal:Connecticut o Florida o Illinois (Chicago) o Indiana (Indianapolis) o Kentucky (Louisville) o Minnesota o Nevada o New York o Oklahoma o Oregon o Puerto Rico o Rhode Island o Texas (Houston) o Utah o American Civil War o Barack Obama o Military of the United States (United States Navy, United States Air Force) o U.S. Roads (Maryland Roads, Michigan Highways)

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History (book A, B) Timeline o Pre-Columbian o Colonial United States o Thirteen Colonies o Declaration of Independence o American Revolution o Westward Expansion o Civil War o Reconstruction Era o World War I o Great Depression o World War II o Korean War o Cold War o Vietnam War o Civil Rights Movement o War on Terrorism o Foreign relations o Military o Demographic o Industrial o Inventions and Discoveries o Postal

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Politics (outline) Political parties (Democrats o Republicans) o Elections (Electoral College) o Political ideology o Political scandals o Red states and blue states o Uncle Sam o Puerto Rican independence movement

Geography (book) Political divisions o Territory o States o Cities o Counties o Regions (New England o Mid-Atlantic o The South o Midwest o Great Plains o Northwest o Southwest) o Mountains (Appalachian o Rocky) o Rivers (Mississippi o Colorado) o Islands o Extreme points o National Park System o Water supply and sanitation

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Economy (book) U.S. Dollar o Companies o Wall Street o Federal Reserve o Banking o Standard of living (Personal & Household income o Income inequality o Homeownership) o Communications o Transportation (Cars o Trucks o Highways o Airports o Railroads) o Tourism

Society Demographics (book A, B) o Languages (American English o Spanish) o Religion o Social class (American Dream o Affluence o Middle class o Poverty o Educational attainment o Professional and working class conflict) o Media o Education o Holidays o Crime o Prisons o Health care

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Issues Affirmative action o American exceptionalism o Anti-Americanism o Capital punishment o Drug policy & Prohibition o Environmentalism o Human rights o Immigration o Mexico-United States barrier o Obesity o Pornography o Racial profiling o Same-sex marriage o Abortion o Adolescent sexuality

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