CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

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PIA 12656

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  A pair of Saturn's small moons orbit near the planet's rings which appear well illuminated in this Cassini view.

Janus (179 kilometers, 111 miles across) is near the center of the image and is farther than the rings from Cassini. Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across) is on the left. This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 17, 2010. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 2.7 million kilometers (1.7 million miles) from Janus and Pandora. Image scale is 16 kilometers (10 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: June 16, 2010 (PIA 12656)
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