CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Cracked-up Dione

Bright, icy canyons reach across the surface of Dione.

This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across). North is up and rotated 23 degrees to the right. This is a more distant and more southerly view of the terrain seen in PIA09830.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 4, 2008. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 306,000 kilometers (190,000 miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 38 degrees. Image scale is 2 kilometers (1 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: February 7, 2008 (PIA 09832)
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  Cracked-up Dione
PIA 09832

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