CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Down on Dione

Down on Dione
PIA 08839

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  The fractured terrain so distinctive to Dione curves away toward the south in this view, which looks down at the moon's northern hemisphere.

Lit terrain in this view is on the Saturn-facing hemisphere of Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across).

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Nov. 22, 2006 at a distance of approximately 943,000 kilometers (586,000 miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 109 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: December 26, 2006 (PIA 08839)
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