CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Skewered Moon

Skewered Moon
PIA 09000

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  Dione floats in the sea of space, bisected by Saturn's edge-on ringplane.

The Saturn-facing side of Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across) is visible here. North is up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 2, 2007 at a distance of approximately 2.5 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) from Dione. Image scale is 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 7, 2007 (PIA 09000)
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