CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Bright Canyons

Dione's defining feature, the fractures on its trailing side, shine brilliantly in this Cassini view.

The view was acquired from a position 33 degrees south of the moon's equator. Lit terrain seen here is on the trailing side of Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across). North is up and rotated 8 degrees to the right.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Sept. 11, 2008. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 833,000 kilometers (517,000 miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 67 degrees. Image scale is 5 kilometers (3 miles) per pixel.

The Cassini Equinox Mission is a joint United States and European endeavor. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. 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.

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Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Released: October 22, 2008 (PIA 10496)
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  Bright Canyons
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