CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Pandora Gets Kinky
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Pandora orbits near a kink in the F ring. Whether it was Prometheus or Pandora that created the kink is not obvious in this instance.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 15, 2008 at a distance of approximately 1.026 million kilometers (637,000 miles) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 38 degrees. Image scale is 6 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: December 9, 2008 (PIA 10530)
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  Pandora Gets Kinky
PIA 10530

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