Ten Great Space Stories of 2008

With thanks from the New Scientist website, here are ten great space stories of the past year:

  1. Spooky deep space images recall Halloween at its finest.
  2. Speculation that the "big bang" was really a "big bounce"
  3. Life found in extreme conditions on Earth suggests where to look elsewhere in the Solar System
  4. Phoenix lander finds water ice on Mars
  5. New insights into what makes a planet habitable expands our search for extraterrestrial life
  6. Scientists spot asteroid on collision course with Earth
  7. Largest black hole discovered (so far)
  8. Did Earth have other moons?
  9. What new particle did physicists discover at the Tevatron?
  10. What's so special about the Earth's cosmic neighborhood?