CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Hiding Dione

Hiding Dione
PIA 09842

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  Saturn's rings slice across this scene, obscuring the cracked face of Dione.

The contrast between the dark terrain on Dione's (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across) trailing side and the brighter terrain on its leading side is particularly obvious here.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from less than a degree below the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 17, 2008. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.6 million kilometers (970,000 miles) from Dione. Image scale is 9 kilometers (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: February 21, 2008 (PIA 09842)
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