Saturn's Small Inner Satellites: Clues to Their Origins

  title={Saturn's Small Inner Satellites: Clues to Their Origins},
  author={Carolyn C. Porco and Peter C. Thomas and John Wilfred Weiss and Derek C. Richardson},
  pages={1602 - 1607}
Cassini images of Saturn's small inner satellites (radii of less than ∼100 kilometers) have yielded their sizes, shapes, and in some cases, topographies and mean densities. This information and numerical N-body simulations of accretionary growth have provided clues to their internal structures and origins. The innermost ring-region satellites have likely grown to the maximum sizes possible by accreting material around a dense core about one-third to one-half the present size of the moon. The… 

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