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Debate Is Over: Saturn Is Young

Scientists have run out of options to keep Saturn and its rings and moons billions of years old. It's time to face the music.

Saturn’s Ring Moons Collect Ring Dust

How long have these little moons been gathering ring dust on their equators? Scientists continue rummaging through more than 635 gigabytes of data collected by the Cassini spacecraft during its 13-year mission at Saturn. Recently, they processed detailed images of the innermost “ring moons” of Saturn, some of them which orbit within gaps inside the […]

Saturn’s Rings Not Just Young, but “Very Young”

Cassini scientists now have reduced the rings' age by an order of magnitude, as if they formed practically "yesterday."

Ceres Is Young

Dawn Mission scientists were surprised to see this asteroid (dwarf planet Ceres) with a water cycle and evidence of rapid geological changes.
Cassini at Saturn

It’s Official: Saturn’s Rings Are Young

There's no stretching the truth any more. Cassini data have led all the ringmasters to the conclusion that the rings of Saturn are not billions of years old.

Cassini Continues to Unveil Youth at Saturn

Reports from Cassini's last days, even up to its last gasps as it plunged into Saturn on September 15, are not supporting long ages.

Cassini Grand Verdict: Saturn Rings Younger Than Expected

With the orbiter's best-yet images and data now coming down, a long-running debate about the age of Saturn's rings is concluding in favor of youth.

Cassini Diving Through Saturn’s Young Rings

There's a gap between the D ring and the planet that is empty enough to allow the spacecraft to pass through, taking incredible pictures and data.
Cassini at Saturn

Cassini Gets Higher Look at Saturn's Youth

Now entering its final dramatic high orbits, the Cassini spacecraft is finding unexpected things for an assumed old planet.

Dawn of a Young Ceres

The largest asteroid has a problem: she's too young to get a date.

Titan Ethane Still Missing, and Other Planetary Puzzles

We update the problem of Titan's missing ethane and other challenges to billions of years.

Cassini Plunges Through Enceladus Geyser, and Other Saturn News

Yesterday's daring plunge through a plume of an Enceladus geyser is the highlight of recent Saturn news.

"Overdose of Awesomeness": New Pluto Images Show Unpredicted Activity

More images have been released from New Horizons' July 14 flyby of Pluto, showing youthful mountains, glaciers and an escaping atmosphere.

Messages from Mercury

With MESSENGER in its final days before impact, the innermost planet has become a familiar place.
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