Nearly two years after NASA’s Cassini spacecraft concluded its mission, researchers on Thursday revealed their findings about the mini-moons the probe flew by before burning up in the ringed planet’s upper atmosphere.
Atlas, Epimetheus, Pandora, Daphnis and Pan, among Saturn’s more than 60 moons, are wedged in the gaps between the planet’s rings.
The five potato- and saucer-shaped moons range from 5 to 72 miles in diameter, according to a study published in the journal Science.
Cassini spent some 13 years orbiting Saturn, and scientists say there is plenty of beamed-back data left to sort.
“I want to work for at least another decade on this stuff,” said astronomer and study co-author Bonnie Buratti.