A thin crescent of cratered terrain is illuminated on Saturn's fourth largest moon, Dione in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
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Crescent Dione

A thin crescent of cratered terrain is illuminated on Saturn's fourth largest moon, Dione.

Lit terrain seen here is on the Saturn-facing side of Dione (1,123 kilometers, or 698 miles across). North is up.

The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 17, 2010. The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 394,000 kilometers (245,000 miles) from Dione and at a sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 151 degrees. Image scale is 2 kilometers (1 mile) per pixel.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. 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 and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/. The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org.

Image details

ID#:
PIA12711

Date added:
2010-09-01

Target:
Dione

Mission:
Cassini-Huygens

Spacecraft:
Cassini Orbiter

Instruments:
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute