Lee Billings

Lee Billings is a science journalist, whose work has been published in Nature, New Scientist, and Popular Mechanics, among others. His first book is Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars (2013).

Written by Lee Billings

Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. Photo by NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk

Essay/
Biology
Onward to Europa

The oceans of Jupiter’s ice worlds might be swimming with life – so why do we keep sending robots to Mars?

Lee Billings

Roger Angel and his prototype solar tracker All photos by Jason Millstein/ILLume Photography

Essay/
Astronomy
Catching the stars

Roger Angel is one of the world’s most brilliant and audacious engineers. Could he design the next energy revolution?

Lee Billings

A model of the planet Saturn stands near Route 1 in Westfield, Maine. The largest three-dimensional scale model of the solar system in the US is positioned along a 40-mile stretch of highway between Presque Isle and Houlton, Maine. Photo by PA/Robert F. Bukaty

Essay/
Cosmology
Drive-thru astronomy

Planets in potato fields and asteroids in gravel: how a Maine highway illuminates the strange history of the solar system

Lee Billings