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Dione Close-up
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This incredible, high resolution view of Dione was taken during Cassini's first close approach to the icy moon on December 14, 2004. The view shows linear, curving features within the region of the bright wispy terrain Dione is known for.

The image was obtained in visible light with the narrow angle camera from a distance of approximately 156,000 kilometers (97,000 miles) from Dione. The Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle is 34 degrees. The image scale is about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) per pixel.

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.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission, visit and the Cassini imaging team home page,

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: December 16, 2004 (PIA 06156)
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  Dione Close-up
PIA 06156

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