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By Joseph A. Burns (cornell U, Carlos Chavez (unam, Jeffrey N. Cuzzi (nasa Ames, Gianrico Filacchione (inaf-iasf, Silvia M. Giuliatti Winter (unesp, Mitchell K. Gordon (seti, Eberhard Gruen (u Of Colorado, Matthew M. Hedman (cornell U, Jack J. Lissauer (nasa Ames, Philip D. Nicholson (cornell U, Mark R. Showalter (seti, Joseph N. Spitale (ciclops/ssi, Miodrag Sremcevic (u Of Colorado and Matthew S. Tiscareno


I. Executive Summary The study of planetary ring systems forms a key component of planetary science for several reasons: 1) The evolution and current states of planets and their satellites are affected in many ways by rings, while 2) conversely, properties of planets and moons and other solar system populations are revealed by their effects on rings; 3) highly structured and apparently delicate ring systems may be bellwethers, constraining various theories of th

Year: 2009
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