Special Research Articles

Cassini Imaging Science: Initial Results on Saturn's Rings and Small Satellites

Science  25 Feb 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5713, pp. 1226-1236
DOI: 10.1126/science.1108056

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Abstract

Images acquired of Saturn's rings and small moons by the Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) during the first 9 months of Cassini operations at Saturn have produced many new findings. These include new saturnian moons; refined orbits of new and previously known moons; narrow diffuse rings in the F-ring region and embedded in gaps within the main rings; exceptionally fine-scale ring structure in moderate– to high–optical depth regions; new estimates for the masses of ring-region moons, as well as ring particle properties in the Cassini division, derived from the analysis of linear density waves; ring particle albedos in select ring regions; and never-before-seen phenomena within the rings.

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