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Pan in View
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A small ring-embedded moon coasts into view from behind shadow-draped Saturn.

The rings' image is distorted near Saturn by the planet's upper atmosphere, to the right of Pan (28 kilometers, 17 miles across).

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 8 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 22, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.8 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Pan. Image scale is 11 kilometers (7 miles) per pixel on Pan.

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 24, 2008 (PIA 09822)
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  Pan in View
PIA 09822

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Alliance Member Comments
stowaway (Jan 24, 2008 at 4:10 PM):
This one gets a 10 on the WOWMeter!!!!!!!!!!
Red_dragon (Jan 24, 2008 at 7:07 AM):
Nice image, as earlier ones that featured other moonlets near Saturn's limb and the warping caused on the rings by Saturn's atmosphere. It would be interesting to see something alike, but with a largue moon -Mimas, Enceladus...- near of the planet's limb; surely, the apparent warping of the moon would be spectacular.

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