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Pandora loops around Saturn, confining the narrow F ring as it goes.

Craters are visible on the moon's surface in this view. See PIA07632 for a closer view of Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across).

This view looks toward the unilluminated side of the rings from about 40 degrees above the ringplane. The outer edge of the A ring and its Keeler Gap are at upper right. A background star is seen here, just left of the F ring.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 20, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (786,000 miles) from Pandora and at a Sun-Pandora-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 56 degrees. 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: April 30, 2008 (PIA 09891)
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PIA 09891

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