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Frontiers in Planetary Rings Science

Status Report From: arXiv.org e-Print archive
Posted: Monday, August 31, 2020

Shawn M. Brooks, Tracy M. Becker, K. Baillié, H. N. Becker, E. T. Bradley, J. E. Colwell, J. N. Cuzzi, I. de Pater, S. Eckert, M. El Moutamid, S. G. Edgington, P. R. Estrada, M. W. Evans, A. Flandes, R. G. French, Á. García, M. K. Gordon, M. M. Hedman, H.-W. Hsu, R. G. Jerousek, E. A. Marouf, B. K. Meinke, P. D. Nicholson, S. H. Pilorz, M. R. Showalter, L. J. Spilker, H. B. Throop, M. S. Tiscareno

We now know that the outer solar system is host to at least six diverse planetary ring systems, each of which is a scientifically compelling target with the potential to inform us about the evolution, history and even the internal structure of the body it adorns. These diverse ring systems represent a set of distinct local laboratories for understanding the physics and dynamics of planetary disks, with applications reaching beyond our Solar System. We highlight the current status of planetary rings science and the open questions before the community to promote continued Earth-based and spacecraft-based investigations into planetary rings. As future spacecraft missions are launched and more powerful telescopes come online in the decades to come, we urge NASA for continued support of investigations that advance our understanding of planetary rings, through research and analysis of data from existing facilities, more laboratory work and specific attention to strong rings science goals during future mission selections.

Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

Cite as: arXiv:2008.12418 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:2008.12418v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)

Submission history

From: Shawn Brooks 

[v1] Fri, 28 Aug 2020 00:26:25 UTC (1,068 KB)

https://arxiv.org/abs/2008.12418

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