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Dione with Rings and Shadows

Dione with Rings and Shadows
PIA 17200

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  Dione hangs in front of Saturn and its icy rings in this view, captured during Cassini's final close flyby of the icy moon.

North on Dione is up. The image was obtained in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Aug. 17, 2015.

The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 45,000 miles (73,000 kilometers) from Dione and at a sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 35 degrees. Image scale is 3 miles (4 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/SSI
Released: August 20, 2015 (PIA 17200)
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Alliance Member Comments
Robert (Aug 30, 2015 at 7:48 AM):
Images such as these have always been a particular favourite of mine. I call them "Kandinsky-esque" because they recall the balance and symmetry of that artist's work. Here Dione is the "point", the rings are the "line", and Saturn is the "plane". Beautiful!