CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Lighthouse Moon
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Pan sits nestled in its gap, like a beacon on the far side of Saturn's rings. The especially bright region seen here is the Cassini Division.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about a degree above the ringplane. Pan is 28 kilometers (17 miles) across.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 4, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (817,000 miles) from Pan and at a Sun-Pan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 11 degrees. Image scale is 8 kilometers (5 miles) 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.

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

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: April 14, 2008 (PIA 09879)
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stowaway (Apr 14, 2008 at 4:33 PM):