Cassini’s Stunning Views of Saturn’s Moon Dione

NASA’s Cassini probe, which has been in orbit around Saturn for over a decade, just sent back a handful of gorgeous images of the planet’s rocky moon Dione. The picture above, taken on Wednesday, shows a close-up of Dione’s surface with the bright rings of Saturn peeking out from behind.

The spacecraft has made its final flyby of Dione, diving to within 295 miles (474 kilometers) of the surface. The final Dione encounter will be Cassini’s second-closest brush with the icy moon. A December 2011 flyby saw the spacecraft reach an altitude of just 60 miles (100 kilometers) above Dione.

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Jupiter's moon Dione as seen from Cassini

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