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Stories by Lee Billings

Hubble's Repairman Reflects on the Telescope's Legacy

Hubble's Repairman Reflects on the Telescope's Legacy

Twenty-five years ago, on April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope soared into orbit. Since then, its great discoveries have been legion, and the story of how it became the most successful and productive astronomical observatory in human history is destined to become legendary.

April 24, 2015 — Lee Billings

Martian Glaciers Equal Meter-Thick Planetary Ice Shell

Radar measurements and models of Earthly glacial ice flows led researchers to conclude that the glaciers spotted on Mars from orbiters contain nearly 150 billion cubic meters of water. Lee Billings reports   

 

April 13, 2015 — Lee Billings

Supermassive Black Holes Make Merging Galaxies Green

Green as a color can mean animal, vegetable or mineral. It is the stuff of crocodiles, chlorophyll and copper patina, the essence of serpentine or of snakes in the grass, the hue of a glacial lake, a stagnant pond and the Chicago River on St.

April 3, 2015 — Lee Billings
Against April Fools' in Science Journalism

Against April Fools' in Science Journalism

My lowest point as a science journalist came before I even knew what a science journalist was. I was a young punk in an eighth-grade science class at Northwood Middle School in Greenville, South Carolina

April 1, 2015 — Lee Billings

20% off Scientific American Health & Medicine

20% off Scientific American Health & Medicine