Dione is about to swing around the edge of the thin F ring in this color view. More than one thin strand of the F ring's tight spiral can be seen here.
The terrain seen on Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across) is on the moon's Saturn-facing hemisphere.
Images taken using infrared, green and ultraviolet spectral filters were composited to create this color view. The images were taken with the narrow angle camera on September 20, 2005, from a distance of approximately 2 million kilometers (1.2 million miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 48 degrees. The image scale is 12 kilometers (7 miles) per pixel.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. 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.