Craters on Pandora exhibit clarity and depth in this anaglyph, or 3D view, from Cassini.
This stereo view shows the rugged, irregular shape caused by multiple large impacts, and the smaller craters formed most recently on this tiny satellite. Gravity is weak on Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across), but it does hold onto the loose material formed by catering. The mantle of fine debris partially hides older craters, slowly covering and filling them as it coats the moon.
See PIA07632 for a color view of Pandora, taken at the same time.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 5, 2005 at a distance of approximately 52,700 kilometers (32,700 miles) from Pandora. Image scale is 312 meters (1024 feet) per pixel.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.