Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The International Astromical Union has announced the discovery of a new moon in one of Saturn's outer rings. Cassini found the moon, which is only about a third of a mile wide in Saturn's "G Ring," which they now believe was formed from icy debris that scattered when meteorites crashed into the moon.
This means Saturn has a boatload of moons.
The Cassini orbiter that found the moon was launched by NASA's JPL. The Huygens probe that separated from Cassini to research the moon, was managed by the European Space Research and Technology Centre, was part of a mission launched from Canaveral in 1997.