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Friday, March 10, 2017

Cassini Update: Stunning Images of a "Ravioli World"...

An image of Pan orbiting within Saturn's rings...as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on March 7, 2017.
NASA / JPL - Caltech / Space Science Institute

Cassini Reveals Strange Shape of Saturn's Moon Pan (Press Release - March 9)

These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn's tiny moon, Pan, were taken on March 7, 2017, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of 24,572 kilometers (15,268 miles).

These images are the closest images ever taken of Pan and will help to characterize its shape and geology.

Additional raw images from Cassini are available at:

https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/galleries/raw-images

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, manages the mission for the agency's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Cassini imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Caltech in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA.

Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Another image of Pan orbiting within Saturn's rings...as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on March 7, 2017.
NASA / JPL - Caltech / Space Science Institute

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