PIA12516: Beyond Bright Rings
 Target Name:  Pandora
 Is a satellite of:  Saturn
 Mission:  Cassini-Huygens
 Spacecraft:  Cassini Orbiter
 Instrument:  ISS - Narrow Angle
 Product Size:  1020 x 536 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Cassini Imaging Team
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA12516.tif (547.5 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA12516.jpg (18.19 kB)

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

Pandora (81 kilometers, or 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-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 mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/. The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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