Rings and icy satellites
|Convener: L. Spilker | Co-Conveners: H. Hussmann , S. K. Atreya , A. Coustenis|
This session will focus on new theoretical and observational studies of planetary rings and icy satellites of the outer planets. Contributions
could include (1) structure and dynamics of planetary rings, (2) physical properties of ring particles and small satellites (3) interior structure and thermal evolution of icy moons (4) surface geology and composition of icy moons, (5) orbital dynamics including tides, satellite-satellite, and
satellites-rings interactions. Recently obtained Cassini observations of the Saturn system will be highlighted, as well as studies related to current and future exploration of the ring and satellite systems of
Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Observations from Earth and space telescopes, theoretical models, and relevant laboratory data are of interest also.