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Dionean Linea
03.13.07
Dionean Linea

Bright icy fractures, or linea, cover the trailing hemisphere of Saturn's moon, Dione.

The Cassini spacecraft imaged the fractured terrain at high resolution in October 2005 (See PIA07638).

Lit terrain seen here is on the trailing hemisphere of Dione (1,126 kilometers, or 700 miles across). North is up.

The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of infrared light centered at 930 nanometers. The image was taken on Feb. 3, 2007 at a distance of approximately 927,000 kilometers (576,000 miles) from Dione. Image scale is 6 kilometers (3 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 mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov . The Cassini imaging team homepage is at http://ciclops.org .

Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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