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LORA, the first in-situ mission into an astrophysical disk: Saturn s rings.

Authors
  • S, Charnoz
  • J, Burns
  • A, Christou
  • A, Coustenis
  • J, Colwell
  • J, Cuzzi
  • M, Evans
  • C, Ferrari
  • T, Guillot
  • M, Hedman
  • C, Leyrat
  • B, Marty
  • C, Murray
  • S, Rodriguez
  • H, Salo
  • J, Schmidt
  • L, Spilker
  • Matthew Tiscareno
Type
Conference
Publication Date
Sep 26, 2008
Volume
1
Pages
619–619
Source
SETI Institute
License
Unknown

Abstract

Saturn s rings are a perfect example of an astrophysical disk, exhibiting dynamical processes common to all disks and at all scales. Whereas they are observed since the XVIIth century, they are still poorly understood. What is their origin? What is their total mass? What is their lifetime? What is a ring particle? Is their accretion close to the rings edge?. To help answer these fundamental questions, a critical data would be direct in-situ images of the rings micro-structure, down to 10 cm scale. In addition, direct observation of gravitational ...

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