This computer animation shows the observations to be taken by Cassini spanning roughly a nine-hour period surrounding its upcoming flyby of Dione on Tuesday, December 14, 2004. Cassini will pass within 81,400 kilometers (50,600 miles) of the icy moon. Red indicates observations to be taken in the infrared, white in the visible, and purple in the ultraviolet. Green indicates radar observations. The name of instrument team that has designed the observation -- ISS, VIMS, CIRS, UVIS, Radar -- is shown.
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.