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Like the Voyager spacecraft that came before, Cassini chronicles "wispy" terrain on Saturn's moon Dione.
See PIA10560 to learn more about these bright fractures on the moon's trailing hemisphere. This view looks toward the area between the Saturn-facing side and trailing hemisphere of Dione (1123 kilometers, 698 miles across). North is up.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Dec. 26, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1 million kilometers (621,000 miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 42 degrees. Image scale is 6 kilometers (4 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.