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Above the Cracks
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This Cassini view, taken from a vantage point 64 degrees above Dione's equator, looks down onto the bright fractures that cover the moon's trailing side. The fractures crisscross a region of terrain that is significantly darker than the rest of the moon's surface.

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

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 15, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 601,000 kilometers (374,000 miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 76 degrees. Image scale is 4 kilometers (2 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox 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/Space Science Institute
Released: July 23, 2008 (PIA 10431)
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  Above the Cracks
PIA 10431

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