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High Contrast Wisps
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High Contrast Wisps
PIA 12594

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  Sunlight highlights the bright, wispy features on the trailing hemisphere of Saturn's moon Dione.

These wispy features are a system of braided canyons with bright walls caused by fractures. See PIA06163 and PIA07638 to learn more.

This view looks most directly toward the anti-Saturn side of Dione (1123 kilometers, 698 miles across). North on Dione is up. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Jan. 27, 2010. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 105,000 kilometers (65,000 miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 44 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.

For more information about the Cassini Equinox Mission visit, and

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: March 22, 2010 (PIA 12594)
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