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Mimas and Pan

15 Jun 2017, 01:02 UTC
Mimas and Pan
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NASA dixit:
“October 19, 2009. The Cassini spacecraft captures a couple of small moons in this image taken while the spacecraft was nearly in the plane of Saturn’s rings. Near the top of this image, a crescent Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles across) is closer to Cassini than the rings are. Pan (28 kilometers, or 17 miles across) is visible as a tiny dot in the Encke Gap of the A ring near the middle of the bottom of the image. 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. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 2.1 million kilometers (1.3 million miles) from Pan. Image scale is 13 kilometers (8 miles) per pixel.”
“After almost 20 years in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft begins the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration: its Grand Finale. Between April and September 2017, Cassini will undertake a daring set of orbits that is, in many ways, like a whole new mission. Following a final close flyby of Saturn’s moon Titan, Cassini will leap over the planet’s icy rings and ...

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