NTRS - NASA Technical Reports Server

Back to Results
Origin and Evolution of the Saturn SystemAs was the case for Jupiter, Saturn formed either as a result of a gas instability within the solar nebula or the accretion of a solid core that induced an instability within the surrounding solar nebula. In either case, the protoplanet's history can be divided into three major stages: early, quasi-hydrostatic evolution (stage 1); very rapid contraction (stage 2); and late, quasi-hydrostatic contraction (stage 3). During the early history of the Saturn system, giant impact events may have catastrophically disrupted most of the original satellites of Saturn. Such disruption, followed by reaccretion, may be responsible, in part, for the occurrence of Trojans and coorbital moons in the Saturn system, the apparent presence of a stochastic component in the trend of satellite density with radial distance, and the present population of ring particles. Saturn's excess luminosity and viscous dissipation are also discussed in relation to the satellite formation.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Pollack, J. B.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, 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
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Document Inquiry

Available Downloads

There are no available downloads for this record.
No Preview Available