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Stories by Lee Billings

The Future of Mars Exploration

Join Scientific American for a conversation about the next steps in humanity’s reconnaissance of Mars. Featuring Casey Dreier, senior space policy adviser at the Planetary Society, and space and physics editor Lee Billings, this deep dive will begin with an overview of NASA’s upcoming Perseverance rover—slated to land on Mars in February 2021 to search for signs of past and present life and to gather samples for future return to Earth...

February 16, 2021 — Lee Billings and Casey Dreier

Dark Frontiers: The Science of Black Holes

How massive can black holes become? How do astronomers typically observe them? How do they die?  Scientific American presents a conversation about these mysterious cosmic phenomena with Yale University astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan...

August 11, 2020 — Priyamvada Natarajan, Lee Billings, Sunya Bhutta, Jeffery DelViscio and Macarena Carrizosa

The New Cosmos: A Conversation with Ann Druyan

Emmy and Peabody Award–winning science writer, producer and director Ann Druyan talks about Cosmos: Possible Worlds, the next installment of the Cosmos series.

March 8, 2020 — Lee Billings and Steve Mirsky
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