CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS

Dione on the Edge
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Dione on the Edge
PIA 17219

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  Saturn’s moon Dione drifts before the planet’s rings, seen here almost edge on. For all their immense width, the rings are relatively paper-thin, about 30 feet (10 meters) in most places. For its part, Dione is about 698 miles (1,123 kilometers) across.

This natural-color view was obtained on Aug. 17, 2015 with Cassini’s wide-angle camera at a distance of approximately 66,200 miles (106,500 kilometers) from Dione.

The Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on Sept. 15, 2017.


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.

For more information about the Cassini Solstice Mission visit http://ciclops.org, http://www.nasa.gov/cassini and http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI
Released: April 9, 2018 (PIA 17219)
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