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Answer:  Ice, dirty ice, and some dust...

It appears as if Saturnís rings are composed mostly of frozen water or ice mixed with dust. The sizes of the ring particles range from microscopic in size to chunks of ice, perhaps as large as a city block.


[<I>Cassini</I> approaches Saturn]
As the spacecraft Cassini approached Saturn in 2004, it photographed the planet from underneath its rings. The southern hemisphere of Saturn was in summer. Notice how Saturnís shadow falls on the rings of this magnificent planet. The three small star like objects in the picture are moons orbiting the planet.

Saturn Ring Illustration
Each particle of Saturn's ring system is like a small moon orbiting the planet.

 

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