CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Holey Dione!

Craters of all sizes litter the landscape on Dione. The larger craters in this view display prominent central peaks.

The image looks down onto northern latitudes on Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across). Lit terrain seen here is on the moon's anti-Saturn side.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 12, 2006 at a distance of approximately 1 million kilometers (600,000 miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 94 degrees. Image scale is 6 kilometers (4 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: November 21, 2006 (PIA 08314)
Image/Caption Information
  Holey Dione!
PIA 08314

Avg Rating: 10/10

Full Size 266x283: