Pandora is one of over 60 moons that orbit Saturn. Discovered in 1980 in images taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft, the tiny potato-shaped world is just 110 x 88 x 62 kilometres.
Circling the ringed planet at a distance of just under 142,000 kilometres, it takes only 15.1 hours to complete one orbit.
Pandora, along with its sibling Prometheus, is a shepherd moon, orbiting just outside Saturn’s thin F ring. The gravitational influence of the two moons helps keep the material in the F ring in check.
The small moon’s surface appears to be covered in a layer of dust-sized particles of ice. There also are a number of craters, a couple of them being around 30 kilometres wide.
Images courtesy NASA / JPL / Space Science Institute.
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