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During the last days of its mission, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft got an unprecedented look at how five of Saturn’s tiny inner moons are influenced by their ringed home planet. The moons are covered with material from Saturn’s iconic rings, as well as icy particles from its prominent, watery moon Enceladus.
“The daring, close flybys of these odd little moons let us peer into how they interact with Saturn’s rings,” says Bonnie Buratti of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in a press statement. Buratti and a team of 35 co-authors have released their findings in Science. “We’re seeing more evidence of how extremely active and dynamic the Saturn ring and moon system is.”
While humans have known about Saturn