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Pandora
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Photo of the satellite Pandora of the planet Saturn
Pandora   Saturn XVII (S/1980 S26)

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Mean distance from the planet Saturn 141.700 km
Orbital period around the planet Saturn (sideric) 0,629 d
Mean orbital velocity 16,40 km/s
Orbital inclination 0,0 °
Eccentricity of the orbit around the planet Saturn 0,0042
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Discovered by Stewart A. Collins 1980
Mass 1,9 × 1017 kg
Equatorial radius 55 × 44 × 31 km
Mean density 0,63 g/cm³
Escape velocity 0,0227 km/s
Albedo 0,7
Apparent magnitude + 16,5 mvis
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In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on earth. Zeus ordered Hephaestus, the god of craftsmanship, to create her and he did, using water and earth. The gods endowed her with many talents; Aphrodite gave her beauty, Apollo music, Hermes persuasion.

Pandora became the wife of Epimetheus. With her, Pandora had a jar which she was not to open under any circumstance. Impelled by her natural curiosity, Pandora opened the jar, and all evil contained escaped and spread over the earth. She hastened to close the lid, but only Hope was left in the jar.

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