Monday, December 20, 2004

Saturn's Outer Rings Could Be Disappearing, Scientist Says


Terrible news.  Next we’ll be hearing how it’s all our fault.  Those darn SUV’s. 

A massive eruption of atomic oxygen from Saturn's outer rings suggests that the planet's wispy E ring is eroding so fast that it could disappear within 100 million years if not replenished. The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft and science instruments are part of an international mission by NASA, the European Space Agency and Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, the Italian space agency, to explore Saturn and its many moons and rings. 

[Europe Eurasia]

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