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Final Cassini flyby images of Dione are 'extraordinary set of riches'

Final Cassini flyby images of Dione are 'extraordinary set of riches'

The Cassini spacecraft made its fifth and final flyby Monday of Saturn’s moon Dione producing some of the best images yet of the icy moon. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California released eight images Thursday from the final encounter with Dione. Two of the images show the moon’s surface in breathtaking clarity, others show Dione illuminated by Saturn in front of its expansive rings. These will be the last anyone will see of Dione for a long time, said said Carolyn Porco, Cassini mission imaging team lead. "Right down to the last, Cassini has faithfully delivered another extraordinary set of riches. How lucky we have been," said Porco. The final...

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