A new study uses thousands of infrared photographs of the Saturn system to reveal that the planet’s moons and rings are older than expected. A surface dusting of dark minerals helped conceal their age, but distributed underneath is an abundance of water ice—a telltale leftover from the earliest days of the Solar System, billions of years ago.

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