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Pan orbits in the Encke gap near the middle of this image. Also visible is one of the three dusty ringlets that reside in the Encke gap. Near the top of the image, the F ring (in many ways similar to the Encke ringlets) puts on an appearance as well.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 5, 2008 at a distance of approximately 1.309 million kilometers (813,000 miles) from Pan and at a Sun-Pan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 32 degrees. Image scale is 8 kilometers (5 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.