CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Beyond Bright Rings

Beyond Bright Rings
PIA 12516

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  The tiny moon Pandora appears beyond the bright disk of Saturn's rings.

Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across) orbits outside the F ring and, in this image, is farther from Cassini than the rings are. This view looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 8, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 2.4 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) from Pandora. Image scale is 14 kilometers (9 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: December 30, 2009 (PIA 12516)
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