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Flying Over Dione

Thursday 30 September 2010

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Mission: Cassini-Huygens

Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle.

The Cassini spacecraft swooped in for a close-up of the cratered, fractured surface of Saturn’s moon Dione in this image taken during the spacecraft’s Jan. 27, 2010, non-targeted flyby. Cassini came within about 45,000 kilometers (28,000 miles) of the moon during this flyby, and this image was acquired at a distance of approximately 46,000 kilometers (29,000 miles). This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Dione (1,123 kilometers, or 698 miles across). North on Dione is up. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrowangle camera. The view was acquired at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 108 degrees. Image scale is 270 meters (886 feet) per pixel.

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