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Daphnis and Pan
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Saturn's two ring-embedded moons are pictured here, along with clearly visible signs of their perturbing effects on the gaps they inhabit.

Daphnis (8 kilometers, 5 miles across) is seen in the Keeler Gap at left, and Pan (28 kilometers, 17 miles across) appears near center in the Encke Gap.

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 10 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 1, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (819,000 miles) from Saturn. 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: January 10, 2008 (PIA 09812)
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  Daphnis and Pan
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