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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Aug 24, 2005 23:52:43 GMT -6
Pandora Hovers Above the Rings
(Aug 24, 2005) As it passed through the ring plane, Cassini took this amazing photograph of Saturn's moon Pandora, hovering just above the rings. Saturn's F ring is thinly visible just above the main rings which are the dark line across the picture.
You can also see some variation in the height of Saturn's cloud tops in this photograph, which look like ripples in an ocean. Pandora is only 84 km (52 miles across).
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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Nov 17, 2005 18:34:56 GMT -6
Pandora's Color Close-up
Cassini's best close-up view of Saturn's F ring shepherd moon, Pandora, shows that this small ring-moon is coated in fine dust-sized icy material.
Craters formed on this object by impacts appear to be covered by debris, a process that probably happens rapidly in a geologic sense. The grooves and small ridges on Pandora (84 kilometers, or 52 miles across) suggest that fractures affect the overlying smooth material.