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Filed under pretty pictures, Cassini, amateur image processing, Saturn's small moons, global views, Saturn's moons

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Pallene The best image Cassini took of Pallene throughout the primary mission reveals no features on the surface, which appears to be very smooth. This is a color view taken from a distance of 76,000 kilometers and a phase angle of 21 degrees on June 8, 2005. It has been magnified four times.

NASA / JPL / SSI / Gordan Ugarkovic

The surface has a blue tint to it, like Telesto but unlike most of the other tiny moons located close to Saturn. Pallene and its neighbor Methone, both just a few kilometers in diameter, were discovered in Cassini images; they orbit between Mimas and Enceladus, outside the main ring system.

Original image data dated on or about June 8, 2005.

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