Flying Over Dione
Date: 27 Jan 2010
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 27 Jan. 2010, non-targeted flyby.
Cassini came within about 45,000 km (28,000 miles) of the moon during this flyby, and this image was acquired at a distance of approximately 46,000 km (29,000 miles). See PIA07749 for an older, closer view of Dione.
This view looks toward the leading hemisphere of Dione (1,123 km, or 698 miles across). North on Dione is up. The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera. The view was acquired at a sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 108 degrees. Image scale is 270 m (886 feet) per pixel.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute