Nestled between Saturn's rings are a collection of mini-moons that NASA's Cassini spacecraft skimmed past in 2017. (AFP PHOTO / NASA-JPL/CALTECH/HANDOUT)
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Nestled between Saturn's rings are a collection of mini-moons that NASA's Cassini spacecraft skimmed past in 2017 .On Thursday, for the first time, astronomers and scientists are detailing their findings about the moons in the U.S. journal Science.In its final year of operation, it inserted itself between the rings, sending data back to Earth until it went dark on September 13, 2017, 20 years after its launch.The study reinforces the dominant theory that Saturn's rings and moons stem from the same celestial body, which shattered as a result of some kind of collision.A study published in January, based on Cassini data, concluded that they were relatively young -- somewhere between 100 million and one billion years old.
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