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Facing Dione

Facing Dione
PIA 09772

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  Canyons slink southward on Dione, while bright-walled craters gleam in the sun. Cassini imaged this same region from a more southerly viewpoint during an approach earlier this year (see PIA08956).

This view is centered on 9 degrees north latitude, 51 degrees west longitude. North on Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across) is up.

The image was taken in polarized green light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 30, 2007. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 197,000 kilometers (122,000 miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 25 degrees. Image scale is 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) 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: November 15, 2007 (PIA 09772)
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