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Investigations of Planetary Ring PhenomenaThe structure of Jupiter's rings was studied in an effort to understand the processes that generate the rings. The faint material in the Saturn system was investigated leading to the discovery of a new ring and a way to interpret the wavy features surrounding Encke's division in terms of perturbing moonlets. The interaction of faint rings and magnetospheres helped identify some of the charged particle absorbers seen by Pioneer 11 in the neighborhood of the F ring. Angular momentum drain might account for the slow rotations of intermediate sized asteroids. Much of the Jovian ring structure can be understood in terms of debris loss from satellites, rapid orbital evolution, resonance, and charged dust dynamics.
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Burns, J. A.
(Cornell Univ. Ithaca, NY, United States)
Showalter, M. R.
(Cornell Univ. Ithaca, NY, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Washington Repts. of Planetary Geol. and Geophys. Program, 1984
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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