How Saturn's Icy Moons Get a (Geologic) Life

  title={How Saturn's Icy Moons Get a (Geologic) Life},
  author={Richard A. Kerr},
  pages={29 - 29}
  • R. Kerr
  • Published 6 January 2006
  • Geology, Physics
  • Science
PLANETARY SCIENCESAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA-- Why is there geology on Saturn's icy satellites? A group of Cassini team members puzzling over the odd shape of Iapetus has hit on a possible explanation. Perhaps the moons formed early and grabbed just enough heat-generating radioactivity from the nascent solar system. ([Read more][1].) [1]: 
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