PIA08889: Pan's Highway


Pan’s Highway

Caption:

The Cassini spacecraft spies Pan speeding through the Encke Gap, its own private path around Saturn.

Illumination is from the lower left here, revealing about half of Pan (26 kilometers, or 16 miles across) in sunlight.

This view looks toward the unlit side of the rings from about 35 degrees above the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 19, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1 million kilometers (600,000 miles) from Pan. Image scale is 6 kilometers (4 miles) per pixel.

Background Info:

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.cfm . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Saturn Rings Encke Gap, Pan, Saturn, Sun
System Saturn
Target Type Ring Gap, Planet, Satellite, Sun
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Narrow Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2007-03-05
Date in Caption 2007-01-19
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08889
Identifier PIA08889