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March 29 2013

Where did Saturn's rings come from? Mystery gets a new clue.


New evidence from the US-European Cassini mission to Saturn suggests a very early birth for ices in Saturnís spectacular system of rings and moonlets, dating back to shortly after the planet itself formed.

The results deepen a mystery that has bedeviled Saturn watchers since Galileo first spotted what later would be interpreted as rings in 1610: How did the rings form? And, more recently, what sustains the ring system?

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