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Dione from a Distance
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Like their semi-divine namesakes, Dione's twin craters Romulus and Remus (just above-right of center) stand together. Dido, the larger crater featuring a central peak, lies just to the southwest on the
day/night terminator.

Lit terrain seen here is on the Saturn-facing hemisphere Dione. North on Dione is up. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 28, 2013.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 870,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 77 degrees. Image scale is 5 miles (8 kilometers) per pixel. This image has been zoomed in by a factor of 1.5 to enhance clarity.

The Cassini Solstice 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-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: September 2, 2013 (PIA 17126)
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  Dione from a Distance
PIA 17126

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