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Cassini Sends Back Stunning New Image Of Pandora And Mimas Orbiting Saturn

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2958 Cassini Sends Back Stunning New Image Of Pandora And Mimas Orbiting Saturn
Saturn's moons Pandora (top) and Mimas (bottom) against the backdrop of the gas giant's rings. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

NASA has released an awe-inspiring image of two of Saturn’s moons against the backdrop of the gas giant's rings.

The two moons in this image, Pandora and Mimas, are pretty different even though they both orbit Saturn. Pandora is a tiddly 81 kilometers (50 miles) across and is an irregular, elongated shape. Mimas, on the other hand, is 396 kilometers (246 miles) in diameter and fairly spherical, probably due to its own relatively strong gravitational field.

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The image was taken in visible light from the Cassini spacecraft  by a narrow-angle camera on July 26, 2015. The mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.

The view was obtained 781,000 kilometers (485,000 miles) away from Pandora, the moon at the top of the image. To give you a deeper idea of the scale in the photo, each pixel on Pandora is about 5 kilometers (3 miles). The scale on Mimas is 8.4 kilometers (5.4 miles) per pixel.


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