CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Inclined Dione

Dione looms large before the rings of Saturn.

Atlas (30 kilometers, 19 miles across) can be spotted to the lower left of the larger moon.

This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across). North is up and rotated 25 degrees to the right. The view is toward the sunlit side of the rings from less than a degree below the ringplane.

The image was taken in visible green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 22, 2007. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 695,000 kilometers (432,000 miles) from Dione. Image scale is 4 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 Institute
Released: September 5, 2007 (PIA 09721)
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  Inclined Dione
PIA 09721

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Red_dragon (Sep 18, 2007 at 9:08 AM):
Superb. I love the way the NAC comprises the perspective and makes Dione to appear as she was JUST above the rings, making the image to look so dramatic.