CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
The Wisps of Dione

Although the crack-like features seen here on Dione surface appear wispy and faded, they are in reality a series of geologically fresh fractures!

See PIA10560 to learn more about Dione's wispy terrain.

Lit terrain seen here is on the trailing hemisphere of Dione. North on Dione (698 miles, 1123 kilometers across) is up and rotated 29 degrees to the left. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 10, 2013.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 554,000 miles (892,000 kilometers) from Dione. Image scale is 3 miles (5 kilometers) 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: February 17, 2014 (PIA 17149)
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  The Wisps of Dione
PIA 17149

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Alliance Member Comments
raketenflugplatz (Apr 29, 2014 at 0:18 AM):
as usual... beautiful and mysterious...
NeKto (Feb 20, 2014 at 7:19 AM):
a lot of very interesting geological type forces out there in sector six. and so many of the results are so pretty to look at. science and aesthetics as one.