Australian Winners Announced for Cassini Scientist for a Day Competition

Australian Winners Announced for
Cassini Scientist for a Day Competition

Students from around the world were asked to review three potential scientific targets for the Cassini mission to Saturn and nominate their favourite as part of the Cassini Scientist for a Day essay competition.

In Australia, entries were received in the Year 7/8 and Year 11/12 categories. We would like to congratulate all the students who submitted applications on the high standard of their essays. After careful consideration we are pleased to announce the following winners:

Year 7/8
Lauren Heading and Caitlin Heading: Korowa Anglican Girls School

Year 11/12
Nina Hooper: Presentation College Windsor

These students have been selected to pose their questions to a panel of top Cassini scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. The event will air live on the "NASAJPL" channel on Ustream ( on December 7, 2010, at 10 am PST (December 8, at 5 am on the east coast of Australia). This one-hour program will be archived for later viewing.

Leading the panel will be Dr. Amanda Hendrix, Cassini deputy scientist. She will be assisted by Dr. Kevin Baines, a JPL Principal Scientist with extensive experience in planetary exploration; and Dr. Rosaly Lopes, a world-famous planetary geologist and volcanologist.

As well as earning the opportunity to have their questions answered by these NASA scientists, the winning students have also earned the opportunity for their class to have a Q&A session with Australian Astronomers or Astrophysicists.