A Picture of Saturn's Moon Pandora

Pandora Facts

  • Moon Name: Pandora
  • Designation: Saturn XVII
  • Date Discovered: October in 1980
  • Discovered by: S. A. Collins and D. Carlson (Voyager 1)
  • Average Orbit of Saturn: 88,060 miles
  • Total Mass: 152,644,722,857,861 tons
  • Surface Area: 8,037.12 square miles

11 Pandora Facts for Kids

  1. Pandora is one of Saturn’s 82 known moons (natural satellites).

  2. Pandora is named after the first woman created by Hephaestus in Greek mythology.
  3. Pandora is also designated as Saturn XVII.
  4. Pandora was discovered in October 1980 by S. A. Collins and D. Carlson using photographs taken by Voyager 1.
  5. The average orbit distance for Pandora is 88,060 mi.
  6. The diameter of the moon Pandora is 50.58 mi.
  7. The surface area of the moon Pandora is 8,037.12 mi 2.
  8. The mass of the moon Pandora is estimated to be over 152 trillion tons.
  9. The surface gravity on Pandora is estimated to be 0.02 ft/s2.
  10. It takes Pandora about 15 hours to complete an orbit around Saturn.
  11. Pandora has been photographed by two spacecrafts, Voyager 2 and Cassini.

Additional Resources on Saturn’s Moon Pandora

  • In Depth View of Pandora – Discover Saturn’s moon Pandora on the NASA Science Solar System Exploration website.
  • Pandora Moon Data – Compare the moon Pandora and our planet Earth on the NASA Science Solar System Exploration website.
  • Pandora Moon Pictures – View photos of the moon Pandora taken my NASA spacecrafts on the JPL Photojournal website.
  • Pandora (Moon) – Wikipedia – Learn more about the Saturn’s moon Pandora on the Wikipedia website.