Dione: the moon of Saturn

Traveler's Guide to the Solar System

Background/ Physical Characteristics

Dione was first Discovered in 1684 by Cassini who used a aerial telescope that was located in the Paris Observatory. It obits around the planet of Saturn. Dione's diameter measures to about 1122 km. The moon Dione is made up of water ice, and it is one of the denser moons. It has a heavily cratored terrain and there are many places with tectonic fractures.

Exploration

In 1980, Th Voyager photographed the moon. It retrieved with pictures of the wispy white mass. Being the third densest moon of Saturn, next to Titan and Encleladus. This moon is a mysterious giant. Never before reached by scientists the closest we have gotten to it was in December of 2004 with the Cassini probe. The Cassini brought back magnified images. which proved all past theories wrong. We found out that the moon was not made up of ice deposits but of ice cliffs.


FUN FACTS

-Dione is the 15th largest moon in the Solar System

-Saturn has a total of 60 moons!

-Dione's time of orbit is one tenth that of Earth's moon.

-Dione's interior is made up of silicate rock.

-Dione is one of Saturn's smallest moons, measuring in only 698 miles in diameter.

-Dione orbits Saturn in 2.7 Days

Titan, Dione's neighboring moon:

Titan is the largest moon out of Saturn's astounding sixty moons.


Orbit

Dione's axis is less of a tilt as earth's moon. It rotates around Saturn twice as fast as one of Saturn's biggest moons, Enceladus.


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