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Pandora and the braided F ring

Pandora and the braided F ring

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NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / Emily Lakdawalla

Pandora and the braided F ring
Pandora orbits Saturn just outside the F ring. It is 110 kilometers long by 62 kilometers wide. This photo was taken 15 March 2015 as a part of a high-resolution movie that also included Prometheus.

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Prometheus, Pandora, and the braided F ring in motion
98 frames shot between 15 March 2015 00:27:00 and 04:53:14 with each frame taken 163 seconds after the last. Some cosmic ray hits have been cleaned up. Video plays once at 20 frames per second, then repeats with annotations at 2 frames per second. Play in HD for best quality.

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NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / Emily Lakdawalla

And here is Prometheus:

Prometheus and the F ring

NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI / Emily Lakdawalla

Prometheus and the F ring
Prometheus orbits Saturn just inside the skinny F ring. It Saturn's most elongated known moon, being about 148 kilometers long but only 68 kilometers wide. Its periodic encroachment into the F ring creates the dark lanes visible in the inner part of the ring. This photo was taken 15 March 2015 as a part of a high-resolution movie that also included Pandora.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about March 15, 2015

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