Applications for Cassini Scientist for a Day close 27th October

Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest 2010

Open to students in Grades 5 - 12

The Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is an opportunity for students around the world to learn about the Cassini mission to Saturn and win the opportunity to ask the scientists working on the mission about their work.

Applications close Wednesday 27th October, 2010

Students watch videos of Cassini team members (scientists, engineers, mission planners, science planners, etc.) as they advocate for one of the three proposed targets. These videos will be posted at in August.

Target 1: Close up image of Saturn's moon, Rea, the second largest moon in orbit around the gas giant.Target 2: Video of the passage of two icy moons, Tethys and Enceladus, in front of Titan just below Saturn's rings, seen edge on from Cassini's point of view.Target 3: Cassini observes Saturn for about 12 hours as it rotates. The final product will be a time-lapse movie spanning a whole day on Saturn (about 10.5 hours).

Students are then asked to decide which target they think will yield the most interesting science results, and write an essay of up to 500 words justifying their selection. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively and draw on other resource material.

For more information, competition guidelines and entry form please visit the [intlink id="2248" type="page"]competitions[/intlink] section of this website.