1. A Banner Year for Astrobiology in Discover Magazine's Top 100 Stories of 2008

    NAI-funded research confirming the presence of extraterrestrial nucleobases within the Murchison meteorite featured squarely in the middle of Discover’s annual Top 100 list, coming in at number 50. Researchers from NAI’s NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Team contributed to the remarkable study, the results of which imply that the building blocks of life could be widespread throughout the universe. Other stories of astrobiological significance anchored the list on both ends: the confirmation of water ice on Mars by NASA’s Phoenix lander—number 6; and the detection of hydrocarbons in the icy jets of Enceladus by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft—number 95.