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Dione's Decorations
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Grooves and deep craters adorn terrain at high southern latitudes on Dione. Cassini revealed the fractured landscape of this moon's icy crescent in unparalleled detail in 2005 (see PIA07745).

This view looks down toward terrain centered at 65 degrees south latitude on Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across).

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 23, 2007 at a distance of approximately 571,000 kilometers (355,000 miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 92 degrees. Image scale is 3 kilometers (2 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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: April 26, 2007 (PIA 08927)
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  Dione's Decorations
PIA 08927

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