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Hordes of Tiny Moonlets Populate Saturn’s F Ring

24 Apr 2012, 02:25 UTC
Hordes of Tiny Moonlets Populate Saturn’s F Ring
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More cool pics from Saturn. –Ben ============= April 23, 2012 Dear Friends and Colleagues, Today the Cassini Imaging Team presents to you a glimpse of what patience, care and painstaking analysis can bring. And it is glorious. Recall the F ring of Saturn … a solitary ring of icy debris, lying outside Saturn’s main rings, [...]

More cool pics from Saturn.
–Ben
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April 23, 2012
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Today the Cassini Imaging Team presents to you a glimpse of what patience, care and painstaking analysis can bring. And it is glorious.
Recall the F ring of Saturn … a solitary ring of icy debris, lying outside Saturn’s main rings, that first came into view during the historic Voyager flybys of Saturn in the early 1980s. Voyager found a bright ring, shepherded into a tight orbital corridor by two of Saturn’s moons, Prometheus and Pandora, the so-called `shepherd moons’. But it was the complexity of this ring that baffled: isolated bright clumps, individual strands, braided regions, kinky segments all seemed at the time to be inexplicable.
Fast forward 22 years, Cassini arrives at Saturn, and finds more of the same. But this time, it’s different: now we imaging scientists ...

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