Telescopic data combined with data gathered by spacecraft has brought worlds as distant as Pluto and the Kuiper belt objects under increasingly close scrutiny. Of particular interest here is the progress that has been made in our understanding of the properties of the satellites of the giant planets. As such, the purpose of this chapter is to review the present understanding of the nature of icy surfaces in the outer solar system, the ongoing processes that affect the composition, distribution, and physical state of volatiles on icy surfaces, and new techniques for probing the mysteries of the origin and evolution of icy bodies in the Solar System.


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