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Fraser
2005-May-02, 04:40 PM
SUMMARY: Now that it's completed flybys past several of Saturn's moons, Cassini will spend the next five months analyzing the planet's great system of rings. It'll view the rings from a position inclined 24-degrees, and orbit the planet 7 times, from now until September. This perspective will allow Cassini to analyze the rings in various wavelengths of light, from infrared to visible to ultraviolet. Cassini will also be in the perfect position to watch several occultations, where the rings pass in front of stars, and help scientists precisely measure their thickness and opacity.

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imported_Carl
2005-May-02, 09:46 PM
I believe the theory that debris crashed into the moon(s) of Saturn slowing the debris down enough to obtain orbit around Saturn. It could be that it's happened many times. Maybe we don't yet know how many moons Saturn once had. Debris on a heading to a Planet possibly could crash into the planet and debris bounced up to reach orbit, but I think it was the moon(s) playing catch with the solar system.