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Stories by Lee Billings

The Year in Planetary Science

Take a light-speed trip through the solar system to catch up on 2016’s biggest stories from our celestial neighborhood. Produced with support from Explore Scientific

December 1, 2016 — Lydia Chain, Lee Billings and Michael Lemonick

Trump's First 100 Days: Space

The new administration will likely shift NASA resources away from Earth exploration and into deep space. But many questions remain about how the agency will be led and funded

November 30, 2016 — 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
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Memorial Day Flash Sale

Memorial Day Flash Sale

How Smartphones Affect Mental Health