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When viewed from a distance with the sun directly behind NASA's Cassini, the larger, brighter craters really stand out on moons like Dione. Among these larger craters, some leave bright ray patterns across the moon.
When viewed from a distance with the sun directly behind NASA's Cassini, the larger, brighter craters really stand out on moons like Dione. Among these larger craters, some leave bright ray patterns across the moon.

Rays of Creusa

When viewed from a distance with the sun directly behind NASA's Cassini, the larger, brighter craters really stand out on moons like Dione. Among these larger craters, some leave bright ray patterns across the moon.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20521
Added: 2017-02-20

Views: 254

Rays of Creusa

When viewed from a distance with the sun directly behind NASA's Cassini, the larger, brighter craters really stand out on moons like Dione. Among these larger craters, some leave bright ray patterns across the moon.

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Daphnis, one of Saturn's ring-embedded moons, is featured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, kicking up waves as it orbits within the Keeler gap.
Daphnis, one of Saturn's ring-embedded moons, is featured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, kicking up waves as it orbits within the Keeler gap.

The Realm of Daphnis

Daphnis, one of Saturn's ring-embedded moons, is featured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, kicking up waves as it orbits within the Keeler gap.

Target: Daphnis
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA17212
Added: 2017-02-14

Views: 257

The Realm of Daphnis

Daphnis, one of Saturn's ring-embedded moons, is featured in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, kicking up waves as it orbits within the Keeler gap.

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When seen up close, the F ring of Saturn resolves into multiple dusty strands. NASA's Cassini spacecraft's view shows three bright strands and a very faint fourth strand off to the right.
When seen up close, the F ring of Saturn resolves into multiple dusty strands. NASA's Cassini spacecraft's view shows three bright strands and a very faint fourth strand off to the right.

F for Fabulous

When seen up close, the F ring of Saturn resolves into multiple dusty strands. NASA's Cassini spacecraft's view shows three bright strands and a very faint fourth strand off to the right.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20519
Added: 2017-02-13

Views: 1707

F for Fabulous

When seen up close, the F ring of Saturn resolves into multiple dusty strands. NASA's Cassini spacecraft's view shows three bright strands and a very faint fourth strand off to the right.

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Seen from outside, Enceladus appears to be like most of its sibling moons: cold, icy and inhospitable, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Seen from outside, Enceladus appears to be like most of its sibling moons: cold, icy and inhospitable, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Potentially Hospitable Enceladus

Seen from outside, Enceladus appears to be like most of its sibling moons: cold, icy and inhospitable, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20522
Added: 2017-02-06

Views: 1652

Potentially Hospitable Enceladus

Seen from outside, Enceladus appears to be like most of its sibling moons: cold, icy and inhospitable, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Dione's lit hemisphere faces away from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's camera, yet the moon's darkened surface features are dimly illuminated in this image, due to Saturnshine.
Dione's lit hemisphere faces away from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's camera, yet the moon's darkened surface features are dimly illuminated in this image, due to Saturnshine.

Coy Dione

Dione's lit hemisphere faces away from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's camera, yet the moon's darkened surface features are dimly illuminated in this image, due to Saturnshine.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20514
Added: 2017-01-30

Views: 509

Coy Dione

Dione's lit hemisphere faces away from NASA's Cassini spacecraft's camera, yet the moon's darkened surface features are dimly illuminated in this image, due to Saturnshine.

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Tethys, one of Saturn's larger icy moons, vaguely resembles an eyeball staring off into space in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The resemblance is due to the enormous crater, Odysseus, and its complex of central peaks.
Tethys, one of Saturn's larger icy moons, vaguely resembles an eyeball staring off into space in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The resemblance is due to the enormous crater, Odysseus, and its complex of central peaks.

Here's Looking at You, Tethys

Tethys, one of Saturn's larger icy moons, vaguely resembles an eyeball staring off into space in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The resemblance is due to the enormous crater, Odysseus, and its complex of central peaks.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20518
Added: 2017-01-23

Views: 1367

Here's Looking at You, Tethys

Tethys, one of Saturn's larger icy moons, vaguely resembles an eyeball staring off into space in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The resemblance is due to the enormous crater, Odysseus, and its complex of central peaks.

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The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest view of the small moon obtained yet.
The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest view of the small moon obtained yet.

Daphnis Up Close

The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest view of the small moon obtained yet.

Target: Daphnis
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21056
Added: 2017-01-18

Views: 19602

Daphnis Up Close

The wavemaker moon, Daphnis, is featured in this view, taken as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn's rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest view of the small moon obtained yet.

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Shadows cast across Mimas' defining feature, Herschel Crater, provide an indication of the size of the crater's towering walls and central peak, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Shadows cast across Mimas' defining feature, Herschel Crater, provide an indication of the size of the crater's towering walls and central peak, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Mimas' Mountain

Shadows cast across Mimas' defining feature, Herschel Crater, provide an indication of the size of the crater's towering walls and central peak, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20515
Added: 2017-01-09

Views: 1688

Mimas' Mountain

Shadows cast across Mimas' defining feature, Herschel Crater, provide an indication of the size of the crater's towering walls and central peak, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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This view, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows wispy clouds, floating high above the hydrocarbon lakes. These wispy clouds have finally started to return to Titan's northern latitudes.
This view, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows wispy clouds, floating high above the hydrocarbon lakes. These wispy clouds have finally started to return to Titan's northern latitudes.

Send in the Clouds

This view, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows wispy clouds, floating high above the hydrocarbon lakes. These wispy clouds have finally started to return to Titan's northern latitudes.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20516
Added: 2017-01-02

Views: 963

Send in the Clouds

This view, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, shows wispy clouds, floating high above the hydrocarbon lakes. These wispy clouds have finally started to return to Titan's northern latitudes.

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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one of the highest-resolution views ever taken of Saturn's moon Pandora.
This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one of the highest-resolution views ever taken of Saturn's moon Pandora.

Pandora Up Close

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one of the highest-resolution views ever taken of Saturn's moon Pandora.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21055
Added: 2016-12-21

Views: 2659

Pandora Up Close

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft is one of the highest-resolution views ever taken of Saturn's moon Pandora.

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It may look as though Saturn's moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but Mimas is actually 28,000 mi (45,000 km) away from the rings. There is a strong connection between the icy moon and Saturn's rings
It may look as though Saturn's moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but Mimas is actually 28,000 mi (45,000 km) away from the rings. There is a strong connection between the icy moon and Saturn's rings

Crash Course

It may look as though Saturn's moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but Mimas is actually 28,000 mi (45,000 km) away from the rings. There is a strong connection between the icy moon and Saturn's rings

Target: Mimas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20510
Added: 2016-12-19

Views: 739

Crash Course

It may look as though Saturn's moon Mimas is crashing through the rings in this image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but Mimas is actually 28,000 mi (45,000 km) away from the rings. There is a strong connection between the icy moon and Saturn's rings

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Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the waves that Saturn's moon, Daphnis, raises on the edges of the Keeler Gap, can also be used to deduce the moon's mass and even some of its orbital behavior.
Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the waves that Saturn's moon, Daphnis, raises on the edges of the Keeler Gap, can also be used to deduce the moon's mass and even some of its orbital behavior.

Watching the Wavemaker

Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the waves that Saturn's moon, Daphnis, raises on the edges of the Keeler Gap, can also be used to deduce the moon's mass and even some of its orbital behavior.

Target: Daphnis
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20511
Added: 2016-12-12

Views: 876

Watching the Wavemaker

Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the waves that Saturn's moon, Daphnis, raises on the edges of the Keeler Gap, can also be used to deduce the moon's mass and even some of its orbital behavior.

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This image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Aug. 22, 2016, show's the moon Hyperion tumbles as it orbits Saturn. Hyperion's spin axis has a chaotic orientation in time.
This image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Aug. 22, 2016, show's the moon Hyperion tumbles as it orbits Saturn. Hyperion's spin axis has a chaotic orientation in time.

Chaos at Hyperion

This image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Aug. 22, 2016, show's the moon Hyperion tumbles as it orbits Saturn. Hyperion's spin axis has a chaotic orientation in time.

Target: Hyperion
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20512
Added: 2016-12-05

Views: 827

Chaos at Hyperion

This image taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Aug. 22, 2016, show's the moon Hyperion tumbles as it orbits Saturn. Hyperion's spin axis has a chaotic orientation in time.

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Surface features are visible on Saturn's moon Prometheus in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Most of Cassini's images of Prometheus are too distant to resolve individual craters, making views like this a rare treat.
Surface features are visible on Saturn's moon Prometheus in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Most of Cassini's images of Prometheus are too distant to resolve individual craters, making views like this a rare treat.

Faint F Ring and Prometheus

Surface features are visible on Saturn's moon Prometheus in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Most of Cassini's images of Prometheus are too distant to resolve individual craters, making views like this a rare treat.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20508
Added: 2016-11-21

Views: 976

Faint F Ring and Prometheus

Surface features are visible on Saturn's moon Prometheus in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Most of Cassini's images of Prometheus are too distant to resolve individual craters, making views like this a rare treat.

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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft showcases some of the amazingly detailed structure of Saturn's rings. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Sept. 24, 2016.
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft showcases some of the amazingly detailed structure of Saturn's rings. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Sept. 24, 2016.

Watching Summer Clouds on Titan

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft showcases some of the amazingly detailed structure of Saturn's rings. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Sept. 24, 2016.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA21051
Added: 2016-11-04

Views: 499

Watching Summer Clouds on Titan

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft showcases some of the amazingly detailed structure of Saturn's rings. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Sept. 24, 2016.

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Pandora, seen here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in isolation beside Saturn's kinked and constantly changing F ring.
Pandora, seen here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in isolation beside Saturn's kinked and constantly changing F ring.

Lonely Moon

Pandora, seen here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in isolation beside Saturn's kinked and constantly changing F ring.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20504
Added: 2016-10-17

Views: 1042

Lonely Moon

Pandora, seen here by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in isolation beside Saturn's kinked and constantly changing F ring.

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Two tiny moons of Saturn, almost lost amid the planet's enormous rings, are seen orbiting in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Pan, lower-right, is in the process of overtaking the slower Atlas, visible at upper-left.
Two tiny moons of Saturn, almost lost amid the planet's enormous rings, are seen orbiting in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Pan, lower-right, is in the process of overtaking the slower Atlas, visible at upper-left.

Two Tiny Moons

Two tiny moons of Saturn, almost lost amid the planet's enormous rings, are seen orbiting in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Pan, lower-right, is in the process of overtaking the slower Atlas, visible at upper-left.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20501
Added: 2016-10-03

Views: 1076

Two Tiny Moons

Two tiny moons of Saturn, almost lost amid the planet's enormous rings, are seen orbiting in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Pan, lower-right, is in the process of overtaking the slower Atlas, visible at upper-left.

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Pan may be small as satellites go, but like many of Saturn's ring moons, it has a has a very visible effect on the rings. This images was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on July 2, 2016.
Pan may be small as satellites go, but like many of Saturn's ring moons, it has a has a very visible effect on the rings. This images was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on July 2, 2016.

Where the Small Moon Rules

Pan may be small as satellites go, but like many of Saturn's ring moons, it has a has a very visible effect on the rings. This images was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on July 2, 2016.

Target: Pan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20499
Added: 2016-09-19

Views: 3610

Where the Small Moon Rules

Pan may be small as satellites go, but like many of Saturn's ring moons, it has a has a very visible effect on the rings. This images was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on July 2, 2016.

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Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's rings appear to bend as they pass behind the planet's darkened limb due to refraction by Saturn's upper atmosphere.
Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's rings appear to bend as they pass behind the planet's darkened limb due to refraction by Saturn's upper atmosphere.

A Dark Bend

Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's rings appear to bend as they pass behind the planet's darkened limb due to refraction by Saturn's upper atmosphere.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20497
Added: 2016-09-05

Views: 930

A Dark Bend

Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's rings appear to bend as they pass behind the planet's darkened limb due to refraction by Saturn's upper atmosphere.

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Dione reveals its past via contrasts in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The features visible here are a mixture of tectonics (bright, linear features and impact cratering) the round features, which are spread across the entire surface.
Dione reveals its past via contrasts in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The features visible here are a mixture of tectonics (bright, linear features and impact cratering) the round features, which are spread across the entire surface.

A Moon's Contrasts

Dione reveals its past via contrasts in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The features visible here are a mixture of tectonics (bright, linear features and impact cratering) the round features, which are spread across the entire surface.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20492
Added: 2016-08-22

Views: 1468

A Moon's Contrasts

Dione reveals its past via contrasts in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The features visible here are a mixture of tectonics (bright, linear features and impact cratering) the round features, which are spread across the entire surface.

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Saturn's moons Tethys and Hyperion appear to be near neighbors in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, even though they are actually 930,000 miles apart here. Tethys is the larger body on the left.
Saturn's moons Tethys and Hyperion appear to be near neighbors in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, even though they are actually 930,000 miles apart here. Tethys is the larger body on the left.

Distant Moons

Saturn's moons Tethys and Hyperion appear to be near neighbors in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, even though they are actually 930,000 miles apart here. Tethys is the larger body on the left.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20493
Added: 2016-08-15

Views: 1471

Distant Moons

Saturn's moons Tethys and Hyperion appear to be near neighbors in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, even though they are actually 930,000 miles apart here. Tethys is the larger body on the left.

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Rhea, like many moons in the outer solar system, appears dazzlingly bright in full sunlight. This is the signature of the water ice that forms most of the moon's surface, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Rhea, like many moons in the outer solar system, appears dazzlingly bright in full sunlight. This is the signature of the water ice that forms most of the moon's surface, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Regarding Rhea

Rhea, like many moons in the outer solar system, appears dazzlingly bright in full sunlight. This is the signature of the water ice that forms most of the moon's surface, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Rhea
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20495
Added: 2016-08-01

Views: 2367

Regarding Rhea

Rhea, like many moons in the outer solar system, appears dazzlingly bright in full sunlight. This is the signature of the water ice that forms most of the moon's surface, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's A and F rings appear bizarrely warped where they intersect the planet's limb, whose atmosphere acts here like a very big lens.
Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's A and F rings appear bizarrely warped where they intersect the planet's limb, whose atmosphere acts here like a very big lens.

Bent Rings

Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's A and F rings appear bizarrely warped where they intersect the planet's limb, whose atmosphere acts here like a very big lens.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20491
Added: 2016-07-25

Views: 1069

Bent Rings

Captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn's A and F rings appear bizarrely warped where they intersect the planet's limb, whose atmosphere acts here like a very big lens.

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Pan and moons like it have profound effects on Saturn's rings. The effects can range from clearing gaps, to creating new ringlets, to raising vertical waves that rise above and below the ring plane, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Pan and moons like it have profound effects on Saturn's rings. The effects can range from clearing gaps, to creating new ringlets, to raising vertical waves that rise above and below the ring plane, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Pandemonium

Pan and moons like it have profound effects on Saturn's rings. The effects can range from clearing gaps, to creating new ringlets, to raising vertical waves that rise above and below the ring plane, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Pan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20490
Added: 2016-07-04

Views: 2707

Pandemonium

Pan and moons like it have profound effects on Saturn's rings. The effects can range from clearing gaps, to creating new ringlets, to raising vertical waves that rise above and below the ring plane, as seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies a bright disruption (features known as 'jets') in Saturn's narrow F ring suggesting it may have been disturbed recently, though not by Pandora which lurks nearby at lower right.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies a bright disruption (features known as 'jets') in Saturn's narrow F ring suggesting it may have been disturbed recently, though not by Pandora which lurks nearby at lower right.

Not Guilty

NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies a bright disruption (features known as 'jets') in Saturn's narrow F ring suggesting it may have been disturbed recently, though not by Pandora which lurks nearby at lower right.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle
ID#: PIA20485
Added: 2016-06-13

Views: 11250

Not Guilty

NASA's Cassini spacecraft spies a bright disruption (features known as 'jets') in Saturn's narrow F ring suggesting it may have been disturbed recently, though not by Pandora which lurks nearby at lower right.

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