Image of the Day: Cassini Frames Saturn’s Moons Titan & Dione

Cassini dione

Check out this latest image from Cassini, NASA’s orbiting Saturn outpost. It shows the small Saturnian moon Dione in crisp detail, in front of the hazy atmosphere of Titan.

NASA says: Cassini takes pictures like this all the time, so it’s easy to forget how amazing it is: We have a foil-wrapped 22-foot-tall spacecraft whizzing around the rings and moons of the sixth planet, snapping stunning vistas of a place no human will likely ever visit. And each photo is more amazing than the last.

This image was taken April 10, 2010, in visible color — no fancy Photoshop work, except a bit of heightened contrast. This is what things really looked like from Cassini’s position, 1.1 million miles from Dione, 1.7 million miles from Titan and at least 744 million miles from Earth. Pretty amazing stuff.



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