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Pan In the Middle

Pan In the Middle
PIA 14625

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  Saturn's tiny moon Pan orbits in the middle of the Encke Gap of the planet's A ring in this image from Cassini.

Pan (17 miles, 28 kilometers across) is visible as a bright dot in the gap near the center of this view. See PIA12640 to see Pan casting a long shadow around the time of Saturn's August 2009 equinox.

The wide Roche Division separates the A ring from the thin F ring in the lower left quarter of the view. This view looks toward the southern, unilluminated side of the rings from about 20 degrees below the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 25, 2012. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.2 million miles (2 million kilometers) from Pan. Image scale is 7 miles (12 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini Solstice 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-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: September 10, 2012 (PIA 14625)
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