CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Bright Ejecta

Ejected material appears bright around some of Dione's craters in the image taken during Cassini's flyby of the moon on March 28, 2012.

This view is centered on terrain at 25 degrees north latitude, 128 degrees west longitude on Dione (698 miles, 1123 kilometers across).

See PIA10464 to see ejecta, or material thrown outward by the impact that formed a crater, covering a large area on the moon Rhea.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 28,000 miles (45,000 kilometers) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 55 degrees. Image scale is 876 feet (267 meters) per pixel.

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: July 9, 2012 (PIA 14616)
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  Bright Ejecta
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Alliance Member Comments
Dragon_of_Luck_Mah_Jonng1971 (Jul 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM):
'landslide' , not 'landlide' . Sorry for that
Dragon_of_Luck_Mah_Jonng1971 (Jul 13, 2012 at 5:58 PM):
At the right one of the 2 larger craters at the middle of this image there is an interesting landlide, I suppose. It's running from the 8 o'clock to the 11 o'clock position of that crater.

Geetings from the Dragon of Luck.