CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Wispy Linea

Wispy Linea
PIA 11532

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  Cassini looks toward the wispy terrain of the trailing hemisphere of the moon Dione.

To learn more about Dione's "wisps," see PIA08960. Lit terrain seen here is on the trailing hemisphere of Dione (1123 kilometers, 698 miles across). North on Dione is up and rotated 29 degrees to the right.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 26, 2009. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.3 million kilometers (808,000 miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 35 degrees. Image scale is 8 kilometers (5 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: July 9, 2009 (PIA 11532)
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