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Dione's Fractured Face
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Cassini catches a glimpse of the bright fractures that adorn the trailing side of icy Dione.

North on Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across) is up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 18, 2007. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1 million kilometers (623,000 miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 45 degrees. Image scale is 6 kilometers (4 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: December 26, 2007 (PIA 09801)
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  Dione's Fractured Face
PIA 09801

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