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Scarred Dione
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The tortured terrain of Saturn's moon Dione is documented in this Cassini image.

The wispy fractures on the moon's trailing hemisphere can be seen on the left of the image, and cratered terrain on the moon's anti-Saturn side dominates the center of the image. See PIA08960 to learn more. North on Dione (1123 kilometers, 698 miles across) is up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 23, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 896,000 kilometers (557,000 miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 81 degrees. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 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: January 18, 2010 (PIA 12529)
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  Scarred Dione
PIA 12529

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