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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

Jupiter, Get Ready for Your Close-Up!

Juno, NASA’s new mission to Jupiter, reaches the giant planet on July 4, 2016. Among its many firsts, Juno will peer deeper than ever before beneath the Jovian clouds and will deliver the first interplanetary LEGO kit...

June 24, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun and Lee Billings
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