CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
North on Dione

North on Dione
PIA 08318

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  Dione looks lovely half lit in this portrait from Cassini. A long canyon runs southward just left of the terminator.

The view looks down at northern latitudes on the Saturn-facing hemisphere on Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across).

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Oct. 29, 2006 at a distance of approximately 939,000 kilometers (583,000 miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 101 degrees. Image scale is 6 kilometers (3 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 InstituteNASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: November 27, 2006 (PIA 08318)
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