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SpaceTT: Saturn's rings and its moons are remnants of our solar system's birth

Saturn's rings and moons are most likely four billion years old and are leftovers from the birth of our solar system

By: Charles Gantt from Mar 29, 2013 @ 13:30 CDT

NASA has released a new study done on the findings of its Cassini spacecraft that is orbiting Saturn. The findings suggest that the planet's mesmerizing rings and beautiful planets are ruminants of the early formation of our solar system.


Since the findings indicate that the rings and moon formed at the same time our solar system was forming, they are four billion year old time capsules that can help scientists understand more about the planetary nebula of gas and dust in which our solar system formed from.


"Studying the Saturnian system helps us understand the chemical and physical evolution of our entire solar system," Cassini scientist Gianrico Filacchione, of Italy's National Institute for Astrophysics in Rome, said in a statement. "We know now that understanding this evolution requires not just studying a single moon or ring, but piecing together the relationships intertwining these bodies."

NASA has also released more images taken of the Saturnian system by Cassini. I have shared a few in the news gallery below, and you can see more by visiting the link below (source #2).


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