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Pandora Glides Along

Pandora Glides Along
PIA 07570

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  While close to Saturn in its orbit, Cassini stared directly at the planet to find Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across) in the field of view. The F ring shepherd moon is gliding towards the right in this scene. The F ring is thinly visible just above the main rings

Near lower left, some variation in the height of Saturn's cloud tops can be detected. This effect is often visible near the terminator (the day/night boundary), where the Sun is at a very low angle above Saturn's horizon.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on July 16, 2005, from a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (800,000 miles) from Saturn. The image scale is about 8 kilometers (5 miles) per pixel on Saturn and about 6 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel on Pandora.

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: August 23, 2005 (PIA 07570)
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