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Wispy Terrain on Dione
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The famed wispy terrain on Saturn's moon Dione is front and center in this recent Cassini image. The "wisps" are fresh fractures on the trailing hemisphere of the moon's icy surface.

See PIA10560 to learn more about Dione's wispy terrain.

This view is centered on 55 degrees north latitude and 85 degrees west longitude on Dione (698 miles, 1123 kilometers across). North is up and rotated 39 degrees to the left.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 23, 2012. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 153,000 miles (246,000 kilometers) from Dione. Image scale is 0.9 miles (1.5 kilometer) per pixel.

The Cassini Solstice Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France, and Germany. The imaging operations center and team lead (Dr. C. Porco) are based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: March 4, 2013 (PIA 14650)
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  Wispy Terrain on Dione
PIA 14650

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Alliance Member Comments
Dragon_of_Luck_Mah_Jonng1971 (Mar 10, 2013 at 6:47 PM):
There are a lot of tectonics and surface details.