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Early results about Saturn’s rings from Cassini

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Abstract

The Voyager 1 and 2 encounters opened the eyes of the world to the fascinating complexity of Saturn’s rings. For the more than two decades since, the Voyager images have remained fixed in our minds as if frozen in a lightning flash, and it hasn’t been until recently that Cassini has shown that these observations represent snapshots of a very changeable, dynamic system—with many features in the rings varying on timescales of years, months, and even days. Cassini has made a number of other new discoveries as well, concerning the ring-particle composition and size distribution, and how they vary from place to place. As this chapter goes to press with less than half of Cassini’s planned ring observations being completed, many surprises are yet to come and many puzzles will be resolved.

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Spiral Wave Radio Occultation Edge Wave Main Ring Ring Material 
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