The Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Color global low-phase view of Dione
Filed under Dione, pretty pictures, Cassini, amateur image processing, global views, Saturn's moons
Cassini captured this very low-phase (that is, nearly full) view of Dione on July 23, 2012. With the Sun nearly behind Cassini, shadows on Dione vanish, revealing subtle patterns of color on the surface. The recent crater Creusa has left a splash of slightly brighter rays across the surface. This is the hemisphere of Dione opposite to its more recognizable "wispy terrain."
NASA / JPL / SSI / Emily Lakdawalla
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Original image data dated on or about July 23, 2012
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