Cassini’s Dione mission throws up stunning images

22 Jun 2015

Cassani captures Dione here with this image taken using the CL1 and CL2 filters – via JPL/Nasa

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been hard at work snapping as much of our solar system as possible, with the latest images of Saturn’s Dione moon stealing the show once more.

We’ve been spoiled with high-quality space photography in the past couple of years, with Cassini’s mission just one of many dotted around our solar system.

Hubble, for example, has been peering ever further into deep space to send us back images of galaxies of all shapes and sizes. Cassini, though, is on theme. Flying around to get really informative, close-up imagery that adds to our understanding of the planets around us.

So, here are just a few of the latest batch to be taken in at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). You can click on some of the images to see their full size:

Saturn's moon Dione - Space Photography

This was Cassini’s fourth targeted flyby of Dione and the spacecraft had a close approach altitude of 516km from its surface


Saturn's moon Dione - Space Photography

In the top right, you can just make out Saturn’s ‘geysering moon’ Enceladu, just above the bright line of Saturn’s rings.


Saturn's moon Dione - Space Photography

Saturn's moon Dione - Space Photography

Saturn's moon Dione - Space Photography

All images of Dione from Cassini are via JPL/Nasa

The Cassini Solstice Mission is a joint US and European project. The JPL manages the mission.

The Cassini orbiter was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team consists of scientists from the US, England, France and Germany.

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic