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Keeler Moon and Waves
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Keeler Moon and Waves
PIA 07584

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  Cassini's cameras were retargetted to capture the tiny Keeler gap moon S/2005 S1, visible at center and first discovered by Cassini a few months ago. Waves raised in the gap edges by the Keeler moonlet's gravity are clearly visible here. Scientists can use the height of the waves to determine the little moon's mass.

The Keeler moon is 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) across and orbits within its 42-kilometer (26-mile) wide gap. The much larger Encke gap (325 kilometers, 200 miles wide) is seen here at upper right, minus its embedded moonlet, Pan. Pan (28 kilometers, 17 miles across) was discovered in Voyager images.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on August 1, 2005, from a distance of approximately 853,000 kilometers (530,000 miles) from Saturn. The image scale is 5 kilometers (3 miles) per pixel. The image has been contrast-enhanced and magnified by a factor of three 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 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: September 12, 2005 (PIA 07584)
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