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Farewell Dione: Cassini Snaps Last Close Photos of Saturn Moon

Saturn's moon Dione hangs in front of Saturn's rings in this view taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during the inbound leg of its last close flyby of the icy moon. The image was acquired on Aug.

Saturn's F ring, by Cassini.

Saturn In Flux- Saturn's F ring is constantly changing thanks to the movement of moons Pandora & Prometheus and a potential host of moonlets within the ring NASA, NatGeo

Saturn

Saturn's Rings: Less than Meets the Eye?

Some parts of Saturn’s B ring are up to 10 times more opaque than the neighboring A ring, but the B ring may weigh in at only two to three times the A ring’s mass. Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

A photo of Earth (the tiny dot) with Saturn and its rings as photographed from the Cassini spacecraft 900 million miles away.

Cassini spacecraft photographs Earth from 900 million miles away

Cassini spacecraft photographs Earth from 900 million miles away. Its the small dot bottom

Saturn And Tethys NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute Saturn’s iconic rings and its icy moon, Tethys, as seen by the Cassini spacecraft.

Like a drop of dew hanging on a leaf, Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings from this perspective of NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Saturn and moon Titan Titan may be a large moon – its name even implies it – but it’s still dwarfed by its parent planet, Saturn. Beautiful image from the Cassini spacecraft.

Earth and moon seen from Saturn, taken by CASSINI on July 19, 2013 image, JPL NASA

Earth and moon seen from Saturn, taken by CASSINI on July 19, 2013 image, JPL NASA

Three of Saturn's moons -- Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas -- are captured in this group photo from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Three Times the Fun

NASA craft captures a trio of moons amid Saturn’s.: NASA craft captures a trio of moons amid Saturn’s rings

This Cassini narrow-angle camera image -- one of those acquired in the survey conducted by the Cassini imaging science team of the geyser basin at the south pole of Enceladus -- was taken as Cassini was looking across the moon's south pole. At the time, the spacecraft was essentially in the moon's equatorial plane. The image scale is 1280 feet (390 meters) per pixel and the sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle is 162.5 degrees.

This Cassini narrow-angle camera image -- one of those acquired in the survey conducted by the Cassini imaging science team of the geyser basin at the south pole of Enceladus -- was taken as Cassini was looking across the moon's south pole. At the time, the spacecraft was essentially in the moon's equatorial plane. The image scale is 1280 feet (390 meters) per pixel and the sun-Enceladus-spacecraft, or phase, angle is 162.5 degrees.

On April 12, 2017, NASA's Cassini probe snapped this spectacular photo of Earth and moon between Saturn's rings | Space | EarthSky

On April NASA's Cassini probe snapped this spectacular photo of Earth and moon between Saturn's rings

Saturn and Enceladus, from Cassini Spacecraft

This Cassini spacecraft image of Saturn shows the southern reaches of the planet with the rings on a dramatic diagonal. The moon Enceladus appears as a small, bright speck in the lower left of the image.

Although we are used to seeing Saturn's moons lit directly by the Sun, sometimes we can catch them illuminated by 'Saturnshine.' Here, NASA's Cassini spacecraft see Mimas (upper right) lit by light reflected off of Saturn.

In this view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on 13 February Herschel Crater dominates Mimas, making the moon look like the Death Star in the movie "

NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: Space Station Over Lunar Terminator

NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: Space Station Over Lunar Terminator

Astronomy Picture of the Day - 2015 April 27 Space Station over Lunar Terminator Image Credit & Copyright: Dani Caxete

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