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Flying By Pandora

Flying By Pandora
PIA 12690

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  Cassini captured this close view of Saturn's moon Pandora during the spacecraft's flyby on June 3, 2010.

Pandora is 81 kilometers, or 50 miles across, and orbits beyond Saturn's thin F ring which is shepherded by Pandora and Prometheus. See PIA07632 for an earlier, closer view of Pandora.

This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Pandora. North on Pandora is up and rotated 20 degrees to the left.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 101,000 kilometers (63,000 miles) from Pandora and at a Sun-Pandora-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 28 degrees. Image scale is 603 meters (1,979 feet) 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: August 3, 2010 (PIA 12690)
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Alliance Member Comments
TheAnt (Aug 8, 2010 at 3:49 AM):
Yes those shallow craters look amazingly strange, some sort of ablation and/or sandblasted by small icy particles perhaps?
Red_dragon (Aug 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM):
It's truly impressive; the most interesting thing of the image is the low depth of the craters.