Saturn’s Icy Moon, Dione, Up Close

"Dione reveals a wonderful variety of surface features that are simultaneously familiar and unlike any other place in the solar system."

- NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.

October 11, 2005, image of Saturn's icy moon, Dione, above the planet's thin rings. Behind Dione are the shadows of Saturn's B and C rings. Image from the Cassini spacecraft at 24,200 miles (39,000 kilometers) distance. Image courtesy NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.
October 11, 2005, image of Saturn's icy moon, Dione, above the planet's thin rings. Behind Dione are the shadows of Saturn's B and C rings. Image from the Cassini spacecraft at 24,200 miles (39,000 kilometers) distance. Image courtesy NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.

October 19, 2005  Pasadena, California - NASA reports that "speeding toward pale, icy Dione, Cassini's view is enriched by the tranquil gold and blue hues of Saturn in the distance. The horizontal stripes near the bottom of the image are Saturn's rings. The spacecraft was nearly in the plane of the rings when the images were taken, thinning them by perspective and masking their awesome scale. The thin, curving shadows of the C ring and part of the B ring adorn the northern latitudes visible here, a reminder of the rings' grandeur."

 

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