Scientists have long suspected that small moons hiding among the ring's strands might beproducing some of the unusual structure observed in the F ring.
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Imaging scientists on Cassini have spent their summer vacations having more fun than kids at a carnival. Analyzing fantastic new results from Cassini's first season of prime ring viewing, they are announcing some of their unexpected findings on Saturn's rings, including new structures in Saturn's diffuse rings, clumps and knots in the F ring -- some of which may be small moons -- and a completely unexpected spiral ring around the planet in the vicinity of the F ring.
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