CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Flying By Dione

Wispy terrain stretches across the trailing hemisphere of Saturn's moon Dione on the right of this Cassini image taken during the spacecraft's flyby on April 7, 2010.

See PIA06163 for an older, closer view of Dione's wispy fractures. This view looks toward the Saturn-facing side of Dione (1123 kilometers, 698 miles across). North on Dione is up and rotated 1 degree to the right.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 40,000 kilometers (25,000 miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 11 degrees. Image scale is 2 kilometers (1 mile) 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 12, 2010 (PIA 12674)
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  Flying By Dione
PIA 12674

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