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Slow Leak Seen in Saturn's Rings

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Science  29 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5292, pp. 1468
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5292.1468a


Tucson, Arizona—Saturn's rings are slowly losing their lifeblood, and the Hubble Space Telescope has spotted the trail: water in Saturn's stratosphere, just where icy particles should be falling from the rings. The erosion implies that the rings are a short-lived marvel.