CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
World of Canyons

World of Canyons
PIA 08998

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  Bright lines creep across the face of Dione. The linea are systems of geologically fresh looking canyons with bright icy walls.

Lit terrain seen here is on the Saturn-facing side of Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across). North on Dione is up and rotated 18 degrees to the right.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on June 18, 2007 at a distance of approximately 2.6 million kilometers (1.6 million miles) from Dione. Image scale is about 15 kilometers (9 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: August 3, 2007 (PIA 08998)
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