CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Pandora, Prometheus and the F Ring
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Pandora, Prometheus and the F Ring
PIA 05393

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  Prometheus and Pandora are seen here shepherding Saturn's narrow F ring. Prometheus (86 kilometers, 53 miles across) overtakes Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across) in their orbits around Saturn about every twenty-five days. Slightly above the pair and to the right is Epimetheus (113 kilometers, 70 miles across). The image was taken with the narrow angle camera on May 1, 2004 at a distance of 31.4 million kilometers (19.5 million miles) from Saturn. Image scale is 187 kilometers (116 miles) per pixel. The image has been magnified and greatly contrast-enhanced to aid visibility.

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 Office of Space Science, 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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: May 24, 2004 (PIA 05393)
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