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The scene is Jockey's Ridge, the highest sand dunes on the Atlantic Ocean Coast of North America. A group of children and adults are seen frolicking on the crest of the dunes, their silhouettes created by the sun that has just disappeared over the horizon.

Some of the best beaches on the East Coast of the United States are found on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Beach towns with storied names like “Nag’s Head,” “Duck” and “Timbucktu” are strung along the length of the Outer Banks, in the manner of a sparkling pearl necklace. Historically, the most significant of the towns is also one of the smallest — Kitty Hawk — where in December of 1903 the Wright Brothers made the first heavier-than-air flight, launching an industry that took off like a rocket. Sixty-six years later, astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin, walked on the moon. (July 20, 2009 marked the 40th anniversary of Mankind achieving this astonishing landmark.)

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