Far off Cracks
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Far off Cracks

April 30, 2005

The distinctive, wispy system of fractures on the trailing hemisphere of Saturn's moon Dione shows a great deal of contrast in this ultraviolet view. Dione is 1,118 kilometers (695 miles) across. North on Dione is up and tilted 30 degrees to the left.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on March 7, 2005, using a filter sensitive to wavelengths of ultraviolet light centered at 338 nanometers. The image was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles) from Dione and at a Sun-Dione-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 50 degrees. Resolution in the original image was 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) per pixel. The image has been contrast-enhanced and magnified by a factor of two to aid visibility.

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