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Stories by Lee Billings

Will Elon Musk Scuttle the Search for Life on Mars?

If there is life on the Red Planet—even just alien microbes clinging to existence in isolated refuges—any biological contamination we import from Earth could cause an ecological and scientific catastrophe

October 9, 2016 — Lee Billings

How to See Proxima b

Astronomers are racing to get the first historic image of another possibly Earth-like planet. Here’s how they’ll do it

September 29, 2016 — Lee Billings

The Earth Next Door

Astronomers find an exoplanet that could be habitable—and it’s as close to us as it could possibly be

August 24, 2016 — Lee Billings

Is Mars Missing a Moon?

A new theory suggests the Red Planet once had a spectacular lunar system. Lee Billings reports.

July 4, 2016 — Lee Billings