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Dione appears small and far off in this Cassini view, which nonetheless manages to capture a detailed look at the moon’s beautiful bright streaks, or “linea.” The linea are a system of braided canyons that cut across the moon’s face.
North on Dione (1,123 kilometers, 698 miles across) is up and rotated 28 degrees to the right.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on May 29, 2007. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.8 million kilometers (1.1 million miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 28 degrees. Image scale is 11 kilometers (7 miles) 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 Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. 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.