The Quiet Side
March 2, 2007
Dione's leading hemisphere appears relatively smooth and placid here, compared to the fractured landscape on its trailing hemisphere.
See Incredible Cliffs for a view of the trailing hemisphere.
Lit terrain seen here is on the leading hemisphere of Dione (1,126 kilometers, or 700 miles across). North is up.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on Jan. 19, 2007 at a distance of approximately 1.4 million kilometers (900,000 miles) from Dione. Image scale is 9 kilometers (5 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.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute