A long-running NASA satellite has just taken its final close-up images of Saturn’s moon Dione, and the photos are an amazing farewell to the tiny, cratered world

Cassini flew about 295 miles from Dione’s surface on Aug. 17, snapping its goodbye photos as it went. The newly released images show the moon against the backdrop of Saturn and its plane of rings, with one of the final shots putting Dione on display as a bright crescent.

“I am moved, as I know everyone else is, looking at these exquisite images of Dione’s surface and crescent, and knowing that they are the last we will see of this far-off world for a very long time to come,” Carolyn Porco, Cassini imaging team lead said in a statement. Read more…

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Saturn’s moon Dione gets an ‘exquisite’ final photo shoot