PIA08889: Pan’s Highway

 Pan's Highway

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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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit saturn.jpl.nasa.gov. The Cassini imaging team homepage is at ciclops.org.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Source: NASA’s Planetary Photojournal: Image No. PIA08889