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posted: 06/19/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
Saturn's moon Dione
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

NASA's Cassini spacecraft had a prime view of Saturn's moon Dione last week. Taken from 321 miles away, this June 16 photo depicts the moon's heavily cratered surface, which is believed to be composed primarily of water ice.

Dione is the 15th largest moon in the solar system. Cassini will make its final flyby of Dione in August, when it will pass within 295 miles of the icy moon. The closest encounter took place in 2011, when Cassini passed a mere 60 miles above the surface.

Click here for more information from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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