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This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's main rings, along with its moons, which are much brighter than most stars.
This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's main rings, along with its moons, which are much brighter than most stars.

Not Really Starless at Saturn

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's main rings, along with its moons, which are much brighter than most stars.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20489
Added: 2016-07-18

Views: 1349

Not Really Starless at Saturn

This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's main rings, along with its moons, which are much brighter than most stars.

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An illusion of perspective, Saturn's moon Tethys seems to hang above the planet's north pole in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
An illusion of perspective, Saturn's moon Tethys seems to hang above the planet's north pole in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Tethys Tops Saturn

An illusion of perspective, Saturn's moon Tethys seems to hang above the planet's north pole in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20488
Added: 2016-07-11

Views: 2845

Tethys Tops Saturn

An illusion of perspective, Saturn's moon Tethys seems to hang above the planet's north pole in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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At first glance, the most obvious features in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are Saturn's rings and the icy moon Enceladus. Upon closer inspection, Saturn's night side is also visible.
At first glance, the most obvious features in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are Saturn's rings and the icy moon Enceladus. Upon closer inspection, Saturn's night side is also visible.

Dark and Arc

At first glance, the most obvious features in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are Saturn's rings and the icy moon Enceladus. Upon closer inspection, Saturn's night side is also visible.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20487
Added: 2016-06-27

Views: 1701

Dark and Arc

At first glance, the most obvious features in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are Saturn's rings and the icy moon Enceladus. Upon closer inspection, Saturn's night side is also visible.

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As Saturn's northern hemisphere summer approaches, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the shadows of the rings creep ever southward across the planet.
As Saturn's northern hemisphere summer approaches, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the shadows of the rings creep ever southward across the planet.

Shadow Below

As Saturn's northern hemisphere summer approaches, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the shadows of the rings creep ever southward across the planet.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20486
Added: 2016-06-20

Views: 2005

Shadow Below

As Saturn's northern hemisphere summer approaches, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured the shadows of the rings creep ever southward across the planet.

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Distant Titan, its northern hemisphere drenched in the sunlight of late spring, hangs above Saturn's rings in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Distant Titan, its northern hemisphere drenched in the sunlight of late spring, hangs above Saturn's rings in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Rings Interrupted

Distant Titan, its northern hemisphere drenched in the sunlight of late spring, hangs above Saturn's rings in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20484
Added: 2016-06-06

Views: 1261

Rings Interrupted

Distant Titan, its northern hemisphere drenched in the sunlight of late spring, hangs above Saturn's rings in this image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows off this angled view of the rings and Saturn's poles taken on Feb. 26, 2016.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows off this angled view of the rings and Saturn's poles taken on Feb. 26, 2016.

Up and Over

NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows off this angled view of the rings and Saturn's poles taken on Feb. 26, 2016.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20481
Added: 2016-05-23

Views: 2481

Up and Over

NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows off this angled view of the rings and Saturn's poles taken on Feb. 26, 2016.

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The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

The Dew Drop of Saturn

The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18368
Added: 2016-05-02

Views: 2028

The Dew Drop of Saturn

The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Saturn as it views the planet and its expansive rings from all sorts of angles. Here, a half-lit Saturn sits askew as tiny Dione looks on from lower left.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Saturn as it views the planet and its expansive rings from all sorts of angles. Here, a half-lit Saturn sits askew as tiny Dione looks on from lower left.

Saturn Askew

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Saturn as it views the planet and its expansive rings from all sorts of angles. Here, a half-lit Saturn sits askew as tiny Dione looks on from lower left.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18364
Added: 2016-04-04

Views: 2375

Saturn Askew

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Saturn as it views the planet and its expansive rings from all sorts of angles. Here, a half-lit Saturn sits askew as tiny Dione looks on from lower left.

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Two of Saturn's moons, Tethys and the much smaller Janus, are captured in this photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Two of Saturn's moons, Tethys and the much smaller Janus, are captured in this photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Different Worlds

Two of Saturn's moons, Tethys and the much smaller Janus, are captured in this photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18356
Added: 2016-02-29

Views: 3765

Different Worlds

Two of Saturn's moons, Tethys and the much smaller Janus, are captured in this photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Saturn's moon Tethys appears to float between two sets of rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but it's just a trick of geometry. The rings, which are seen nearly edge-on, are the dark bands above Tethys.
Saturn's moon Tethys appears to float between two sets of rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but it's just a trick of geometry. The rings, which are seen nearly edge-on, are the dark bands above Tethys.

Ices and Shadows

Saturn's moon Tethys appears to float between two sets of rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but it's just a trick of geometry. The rings, which are seen nearly edge-on, are the dark bands above Tethys.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18355
Added: 2016-02-08

Views: 2430

Ices and Shadows

Saturn's moon Tethys appears to float between two sets of rings in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, but it's just a trick of geometry. The rings, which are seen nearly edge-on, are the dark bands above Tethys.

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The soft, bright-and-dark bands displayed by Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are the signature of methane in the planet's atmosphere.
The soft, bright-and-dark bands displayed by Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are the signature of methane in the planet's atmosphere.

Methane Saturn

The soft, bright-and-dark bands displayed by Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are the signature of methane in the planet's atmosphere.

Target: S Rings
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18354
Added: 2016-02-01

Views: 2564

Methane Saturn

The soft, bright-and-dark bands displayed by Saturn in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft are the signature of methane in the planet's atmosphere.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured Saturn, around 10 times the diameter of Earth, dwarfs it retinue of moons. Tethys is seen here at lower right.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured Saturn, around 10 times the diameter of Earth, dwarfs it retinue of moons. Tethys is seen here at lower right.

Saturn the Mighty

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured Saturn, around 10 times the diameter of Earth, dwarfs it retinue of moons. Tethys is seen here at lower right.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18350
Added: 2016-01-11

Views: 4299

Saturn the Mighty

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured Saturn, around 10 times the diameter of Earth, dwarfs it retinue of moons. Tethys is seen here at lower right.

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This montage of images from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows the precise location of the north pole on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.
This montage of images from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows the precise location of the north pole on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.

Enceladus North Pole Montage

This montage of images from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows the precise location of the north pole on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.

Target: Saturn
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20015
Added: 2015-12-22

Views: 8230

Enceladus North Pole Montage

This montage of images from NASA's Cassini orbiter shows the precise location of the north pole on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Atlas (30 kilometers, or 19 miles across), with its smooth equatorial ridge, during a moderately close flyby on Dec. 6, 2015. The view offers one of Cassini's best glimpses of Atlas.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Atlas (30 kilometers, or 19 miles across), with its smooth equatorial ridge, during a moderately close flyby on Dec. 6, 2015. The view offers one of Cassini's best glimpses of Atlas.

Atlas Escaping

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Atlas (30 kilometers, or 19 miles across), with its smooth equatorial ridge, during a moderately close flyby on Dec. 6, 2015. The view offers one of Cassini's best glimpses of Atlas.

Target: Atlas
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17206
Added: 2015-12-08

Views: 574

Atlas Escaping

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn's moon Atlas (30 kilometers, or 19 miles across), with its smooth equatorial ridge, during a moderately close flyby on Dec. 6, 2015. The view offers one of Cassini's best glimpses of Atlas.

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Tethys, dwarfed by the scale of Saturn and its rings, appears as an elegant crescent in this image taken by NASA's Cassini Spacecraft. Views like this are impossible from Earth, where we only see Saturn's moons as (more or less) fully illuminated disks.
Tethys, dwarfed by the scale of Saturn and its rings, appears as an elegant crescent in this image taken by NASA's Cassini Spacecraft. Views like this are impossible from Earth, where we only see Saturn's moons as (more or less) fully illuminated disks.

Crescent Tethys and Rings

Tethys, dwarfed by the scale of Saturn and its rings, appears as an elegant crescent in this image taken by NASA's Cassini Spacecraft. Views like this are impossible from Earth, where we only see Saturn's moons as (more or less) fully illuminated disks.

Target: Tethys
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18348
Added: 2015-12-07

Views: 610

Crescent Tethys and Rings

Tethys, dwarfed by the scale of Saturn and its rings, appears as an elegant crescent in this image taken by NASA's Cassini Spacecraft. Views like this are impossible from Earth, where we only see Saturn's moons as (more or less) fully illuminated disks.

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Following a successful close flyby of Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this artful composition of the icy moon with Saturn's rings beyond.
Following a successful close flyby of Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this artful composition of the icy moon with Saturn's rings beyond.

Departing Enceladus

Following a successful close flyby of Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this artful composition of the icy moon with Saturn's rings beyond.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17205
Added: 2015-10-30

Views: 3062

Departing Enceladus

Following a successful close flyby of Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this artful composition of the icy moon with Saturn's rings beyond.

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During its closest ever dive past the active south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft quickly shuttered its imaging cameras to capture glimpses of the fast moving terrain below.
During its closest ever dive past the active south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft quickly shuttered its imaging cameras to capture glimpses of the fast moving terrain below.

Enceladus Up-Close

During its closest ever dive past the active south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft quickly shuttered its imaging cameras to capture glimpses of the fast moving terrain below.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA17204
Added: 2015-10-30

Views: 6753

Enceladus Up-Close

During its closest ever dive past the active south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft quickly shuttered its imaging cameras to capture glimpses of the fast moving terrain below.

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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows battered terrain around the north pole of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. Craters crowd and overlap each other, each one recording an impact in the moon's distant past.
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows battered terrain around the north pole of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. Craters crowd and overlap each other, each one recording an impact in the moon's distant past.

Craters Crowd the North

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows battered terrain around the north pole of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. Craters crowd and overlap each other, each one recording an impact in the moon's distant past.

Target: Enceladus
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA20010
Added: 2015-10-15

Views: 1239

Craters Crowd the North

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows battered terrain around the north pole of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. Craters crowd and overlap each other, each one recording an impact in the moon's distant past.

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Titan and Saturn share a hazy appearance in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, though Saturn is a gas giant with no solid surface to speak of, and Titan's atmosphere is a blanket surrounding an icy, solid body.
Titan and Saturn share a hazy appearance in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, though Saturn is a gas giant with no solid surface to speak of, and Titan's atmosphere is a blanket surrounding an icy, solid body.

Veiled Worlds

Titan and Saturn share a hazy appearance in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, though Saturn is a gas giant with no solid surface to speak of, and Titan's atmosphere is a blanket surrounding an icy, solid body.

Target: Titan
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18335
Added: 2015-09-28

Views: 3337

Veiled Worlds

Titan and Saturn share a hazy appearance in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, though Saturn is a gas giant with no solid surface to speak of, and Titan's atmosphere is a blanket surrounding an icy, solid body.

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The night sides of Saturn and Tethys are dark places indeed. This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows shadows are darker areas than sunlit areas, and in space, with no air to scatter the light, shadows can appear almost totally black.
The night sides of Saturn and Tethys are dark places indeed. This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows shadows are darker areas than sunlit areas, and in space, with no air to scatter the light, shadows can appear almost totally black.

From the Night Side

The night sides of Saturn and Tethys are dark places indeed. This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows shadows are darker areas than sunlit areas, and in space, with no air to scatter the light, shadows can appear almost totally black.

Target: Tethys
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18333
Added: 2015-09-14

Views: 5062

From the Night Side

The night sides of Saturn and Tethys are dark places indeed. This image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows shadows are darker areas than sunlit areas, and in space, with no air to scatter the light, shadows can appear almost totally black.

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Why does Saturn look like it's been painted with a dark brush in this infrared image, but Dione looks untouched? NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this image in a wavelength that is absorbed by -- methane.
Why does Saturn look like it's been painted with a dark brush in this infrared image, but Dione looks untouched? NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this image in a wavelength that is absorbed by -- methane.

Methane Painting

Why does Saturn look like it's been painted with a dark brush in this infrared image, but Dione looks untouched? NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this image in a wavelength that is absorbed by -- methane.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA18336
Added: 2015-09-07

Views: 1100

Methane Painting

Why does Saturn look like it's been painted with a dark brush in this infrared image, but Dione looks untouched? NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this image in a wavelength that is absorbed by -- methane.

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As NASA's Cassini soared above high northern latitudes on Saturn's moon Dione, the spacecraft looked down at a region near the day-night boundary.
As NASA's Cassini soared above high northern latitudes on Saturn's moon Dione, the spacecraft looked down at a region near the day-night boundary.

Cassini's Closest Views of Dione II

As NASA's Cassini soared above high northern latitudes on Saturn's moon Dione, the spacecraft looked down at a region near the day-night boundary.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle, Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA19654
Added: 2015-08-20

Views: 3030

Cassini's Closest Views of Dione II

As NASA's Cassini soared above high northern latitudes on Saturn's moon Dione, the spacecraft looked down at a region near the day-night boundary.

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This two-in-one view of Dione from NASA's Cassini spacecraft includes the mission's highest-resolution view of the Saturnian moon's icy surface.
This two-in-one view of Dione from NASA's Cassini spacecraft includes the mission's highest-resolution view of the Saturnian moon's icy surface.

Cassini's Closest Views of Dione I

This two-in-one view of Dione from NASA's Cassini spacecraft includes the mission's highest-resolution view of the Saturnian moon's icy surface.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA19653
Added: 2015-08-20

Views: 1994

Cassini's Closest Views of Dione I

This two-in-one view of Dione from NASA's Cassini spacecraft includes the mission's highest-resolution view of the Saturnian moon's icy surface.

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This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows terrain on Saturn's moon Dione that is entirely lit by reflected light from Saturn, called Saturnshine.
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows terrain on Saturn's moon Dione that is entirely lit by reflected light from Saturn, called Saturnshine.

Dione's Saturn-lit Surface

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows terrain on Saturn's moon Dione that is entirely lit by reflected light from Saturn, called Saturnshine.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA19652
Added: 2015-08-20

Views: 1448

Dione's Saturn-lit Surface

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows terrain on Saturn's moon Dione that is entirely lit by reflected light from Saturn, called Saturnshine.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes out upon a rolling, cratered landscape in this oblique view of Saturn's moon Dione. A record of impacts large and small is preserved in the moon's ancient, icy surface.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes out upon a rolling, cratered landscape in this oblique view of Saturn's moon Dione. A record of impacts large and small is preserved in the moon's ancient, icy surface.

Dione's Impact-Battered Icescape

NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes out upon a rolling, cratered landscape in this oblique view of Saturn's moon Dione. A record of impacts large and small is preserved in the moon's ancient, icy surface.

Target: Dione
Mission: Cassini-Huygens
Spacecraft: Cassini Orbiter
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle
ID#: PIA19651
Added: 2015-08-20

Views: 2026

Dione's Impact-Battered Icescape

NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazes out upon a rolling, cratered landscape in this oblique view of Saturn's moon Dione. A record of impacts large and small is preserved in the moon's ancient, icy surface.

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