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This image of Pan was taken by the Cassini spaceprobe on July 02, 2007, when it was approximately 2,167,239 kilometres away.

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The image was taken using the CL1 and CL2 filters.

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Pan is seen in this colour view as it sweeps through the Encke Gap with its attendant ringlets. As the lemon-shaped little moon orbits Saturn, it always keeps its long axis pointed along a line toward the planet. From this vantage point, the dark side of the moon is visible.

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This view looks toward Pan within the Encke Gap, on the unlit side of the rings, and from an inclination of about 33 degrees above the ringplane.
Images taken using red, green and blue spectral filters were combined to create this natural colour view. The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 16, 2006 at a distance of approximately 779,000 kilometres from Pan and at a Sun-Pan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 83 degrees. Image scale is 5 kilometres per pixel.



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This Cassini spacecraft view of Pan in the Encke gap shows hints of detail on the moon's dark side, which is lit by saturnshine -- sunlight reflected off Saturn.
Pan (26 kilometres across) cruises the Encke gap (325 kilometres wide) with several faint ringlets.
This view looks toward the lit side of the rings from about 52 degrees below the ringplane. The sunlit portion of Pan is partly overexposed.

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The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 27, 2006 at a distance of approximately 385,000 kilometres from Pan and at a Sun-Pan-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 86 degrees. Image scale is 2 kilometres per pixel.

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This image of Pan was taken by the Cassini spaceprobe on June 30, 2006, when it was approximately 302,235 kilometres away.

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The image was taken using the CL1 and CL2 filters.
Pan, (S/1981 S 13) is about 25 kilometres across (35 35 23 km), and orbits in the Encke gap. It is responsible for keeping the Encke gap open. The Encke gap edges show scalloped edges from the gravitational effect of the small moon. From the size of the waves seen, imaging scientists were able to estimate the mass of Pan at 2.710^15 kg, with a mean density of 0.6 g/cm3.
The moon has a semi-major orbit axis of 133,583 km.

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