Stunning Image Of Saturn's Moon Captured From Just 480km Above It

Stunning Image of Saturn's Moon Captured from Just 300 Miles Above It

The pock-marked surface of this spherical chunk of rock looks a lot like images of our own moon — but in fact this is much, much further away.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft buzzed by Saturn's moon Dione on June 16, passing just 517km from its surface. As it soared through space, it also captured this amazing image of the surface of Dione, revealing its rugged surface. In August, Cassini will pass by Dione again, some 480km above it.

Neither of these passes, however, are as close as one made by Cassini back in 2011. Back then, the satellite passed Dione at an altitude of just 97km, making palms sweat at Mission Control. At least we have some nice pictures to make up for the stress.

[NASA]

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