CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

A Story of Small Moons

In two papers published in the Dec. 7 issue of the journal Science, Cassini imaging scientists tell how the small moons orbiting near Saturn’s outer rings may have begun as leftover shards from the collisional disintegration of larger bodies and subsequently filled out their "figures" with the debris that made the rings. [Press announcement here.]

Dec 6, 2007: Saturn's Saucer Moons - The highest resolution images of Pan and Atlas reveal distinctive “flying saucer” shapes created by prominent equatorial ridges not seen on the other small moons of Saturn.

Jun 5, 2006: So Close - Saturn's moons Janus and Prometheus look close enough to touch in this stunningly detailed view.