2007: Top 10 space stories

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By Maggie McKee Seething activity on the Sun, Martian caves and bizarre black holes were among the most clicked-on subjects of the year. 1. Dazzling new images reveal the ‘impossible’ on the Sun Japan’s Hinode telescope revealed the restless frothing of the Sun’s surface in astonishing detail. 2. Strange Martian feature not a ‘bottomless’ cave after all An extremely dark feature on Mars was found to be just a pit – not the entrance to a deep cavern that future astronauts could call home. 3. Could black holes be portals to other universes? A study suggested that the objects thought to be black holes could instead be wormholes leading to exotic cosmic locales. 4. Mars probe may have spotted lost rover In 1997, NASA lost contact with its Pathfinder lander and tiny Sojourner rover, but a decade later, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s eagle eyes spied them both. 5. Satellites solve mystery of low gravity over Canada A satellite pair called GRACE answered a weighty question: why does Canada have such low gravity? 6. Do black holes really exist? A controversial study suggested that matter may never collapse completely into a black hole, an idea that would solve a troubling quantum paradox. 7. Satellite snaps first images of mysterious glowing clouds NASA’s new AIM satellite took its first data on silvery blue ‘noctilucent’ clouds, which may be linked to global warming. 8. Strange alien world made of ‘hot ice’ The smallest planet known to pass in front of its host star was found. Intriguingly, it may be made of exotic hot ice and shrouded in steam. 9. Satellite could see shadow of extra dimensions Researchers calculated that if our 3D universe is floating in a higher dimensional space, the shape of those extra dimensions might be detectable by Europe’s Planck satellite, set to launch in 2008. 10. Atom smasher may give birth to ‘Black Saturns’ Physicists said tiny, ringed black holes resembling Saturn might be produced at the Large Hadron Collider, set to open in 2008. 13 things that do not make sense One of our most popular stories in 2005 and 2006 continued to attract lots of users in 2007. Included in the article are the placebo effect, cold fusion, dark energy,