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Cassini's Final Close Views of Dione

A pockmarked, icy landscape looms beneath NASA's Cassini spacecraft in new images of Saturn's moon Dione taken during the mission's last close approach to the small, icy world. (Image Advisory can be found here.)

Aug 20, 2015: Dione with Rings and Shadows - Dione hangs in front of Saturn and its icy rings in this view, captured during Cassini's final close flyby of the icy moon.
Aug 20, 2015: Dione: Craters and Rings - Saturn's moon Dione hangs in front of Saturn's rings in this view taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its last close flyby of the icy moon
Aug 20, 2015: Departing Dione - NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this parting view showing the rough and icy crescent of Saturn's moon Dione following the spacecraft's last close flyby of the moon on Aug. 17, 2015.
Aug 20, 2015: Imminent Approach to Dione - This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission's final close approach to the moon on August 17, 2015.
Aug 20, 2015: Dione's Impact-Battered Icescape - NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes out upon a rolling, cratered landscape in this oblique view of Saturn's moon Dione. A record of impacts large and small is preserved in the moon's ancient, icy surface.
Aug 20, 2015: Dione's Saturn-lit Surface - This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows terrain on Saturn's moon Dione that is entirely lit by reflected light from Saturn, called Saturnshine.
Aug 20, 2015: Cassini's Closest Views of Dione I - This two-in-one view of Dione from NASA's Cassini spacecraft includes the mission's highest-resolution view of the Saturnian moon's icy surface.
Aug 20, 2015: Cassini's Closest Views of Dione II - As Cassini soared above high northern latitudes on Saturn's moon Dione, the spacecraft looked down at a region near the day-night boundary. This view shows the region as a contrast-enhanced image in which features in shadow are illuminated by reflected light from Saturn. Inset just above center is a higher resolution view -- one of the mission's highest-resolution views of the Saturnian moon's icy surface.

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