With thanks from the New Scientist website, here are ten great space stories of the past year:
- Spooky deep space images recall Halloween at its finest.
- Speculation that the "big bang" was really a "big bounce"
- Life found in extreme conditions on Earth suggests where to look elsewhere in the Solar System
- Phoenix lander finds water ice on Mars
- New insights into what makes a planet habitable expands our search for extraterrestrial life
- Scientists spot asteroid on collision course with Earth
- Largest black hole discovered (so far)
- Did Earth have other moons?
- What new particle did physicists discover at the Tevatron?
- What's so special about the Earth's cosmic neighborhood?