Dione and Saturn
The NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens spacecraft captured Dione against the globe of Saturn as it approached the icy moon for its close rendezvous on 14 December 2004.
This natural colour view shows the moon has strong variations in brightness across its surface, but a remarkable lack of colour, compared to the warm hues of Saturn's atmosphere. Several oval-shaped storms are present in the planet's atmosphere, along with ripples and waves in the cloud bands.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a co-operative project of NASA, ESA and ASI, the Italian space agency.
Credits: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute