CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Pandora at the Edge

Pandora at the Edge
PIA 06618

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  Pandora (81 kilometers, 50 miles across) is seen in this dramatic view, orbiting just beyond the outer edge of Saturn's F ring. Several bright areas are visible within the F ring. In the maing rings, the Keeler gap and the Encke gap, with a bright ringlet, are also visible.

The image was taken in visible light with the narrow angle camera on February 18, 2005, from a distance of approximately 1.2 million kilometers (746,000 miles) from Pandora and at a Sun-Pandora-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 108 degrees. The image scale is 7 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel.

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: April 1, 2005 (PIA 06618)
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