CICLOPS: Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS
Dione Ray Crater

Cassini looks at an example of a ray crater on the leading hemisphere of Saturn's moon Dione.

The ray crater is in the upper-left of the image and ejecta rays show up as brighter material emanating from the crater. To see an example of a ray crater on Rhea, see PIA10533.

This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Dione (698 miles, 1123 kilometers across). North on Dione is up and rotated 12 degrees to the left.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on July 23, 2012. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 260,000 miles (418,000 kilometers) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 5 degrees. Image scale is 2 miles (3 kilometers) per pixel.

The Cassini Solstice 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-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Released: October 1, 2012 (PIA 14628)
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  Dione Ray Crater
PIA 14628

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