Watch: NASA Cassini image shows changing Saturn F ring and Potato-like moon Pandora

The US space agency NASA’s Cassini probe has beamed back another image of Saturn moon Pandora. The image also shows constantly changing elongated F ring belonging to the sixth planet of solar system.

One can clearly see the elongated Pandora which has potato-like shape in the top right corner of the image. As per the details released by NASA, the moon has diameter measure 81 kilometers (50 miles).

The image also reveals the two faints ringlets that can be seen within the Encke Gap in lower left corner. The gap is about 202 miles (325 kilometers) wide. The much narrower Keeler Gap, which lies outside the Encke Gap, is maintained by the diminutive moon Daphnis (not seen here).

Narrow-angle camera aboard Cassini spacecraft has captured the stunning image on August 12, 2016. The pic was taken from the sunlit side of the rings at an angle of 23 degrees above the ring plane. The spacecraft was at a distance of approximately 907,000 miles (1.46 million kilometers) from Saturn while clicking the picture. Image scale is 6 miles (9 kilometers) per pixel.

Previously, NASA released an image in which Saturn rings appeared bending. Scientists of NASA explained that this is caused because the atmosphere of Saturn acts like a very big lens, some of the sunlight falling on it is absorbed but also as it reaches towards Cassini’s camera, the path of the light is refracted or bent after passing from space to atmosphere and back into space. Read More

The US space agency’s Cassini spacecraft has spotted strange activity on the Saturn rings. Earlier, the shadow of the planet was stretched across all the rings but the height of the shadow is strangely falling short and now covers fewer rings. Read More

In addition, the Cassini spacecraft that is orbiting Saturn had beamed back another beautiful image revealing bright spot on the B ring. It might seem strange to some, but NASA explained that glowing effect on the ring is due to the “opposition surge” which is making that particular area on the ring glow brightly. Read More

Cassini spacecraft reached Saturn 12 years ago and now it has entered in the last year of epic journey. According to the schedule of the US space agency, the spacecraft will end its mission on September 2017. Read More

The Cassini mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

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