Pandora

pandora

This is the Saturn moon Pandora like we’ve never seen before and likely not to see again for a long-long time once the Cassini mission comes to an end.

The details from the Cassini mission team:
This image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is one of the highest-resolution views ever taken of Saturn’s moon Pandora. Pandora (52 miles, 84 kilometers) across orbits Saturn just outside the narrow F ring.

The spacecraft captured the image during its closest-ever flyby of Pandora on Dec. 18, 2016, during the third of its grazing passes by the outer edges of Saturn’s main rings. (For Cassini’s closest view prior to this flyby, see PIA07632, which is also in color.)

The image was taken in green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera at a distance of approximately 25,200 miles (40,500 kilometers) from Pandora, or phase, angle of 29 degrees. Image scale is 787 feet (240 meters) per pixel.

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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