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International Edition Winners - 2011

International Edition Winners - 2011

ALGERIA


Djaidja Noure El-houda

Djaidja Noure El-houda
Nouioua Fatima Zohra
Constantine

"Rhea's surface divided into two geologically different areas based on crater density, for about the second area, in parts of the polar and equatorial regions, has only craters under that size, so the raw images may confirm that if a major resurfacing event occurred some time during its formation."  + Read Essay


AUSTRALIA

Annalise Donohue

Annalise Donohue
Genazzano FCJ College
Grade: 5-6
Kew, Victoria

"I believe that Saturn should be photographed because many people only know about its rings and nothing else. Saturn is the second of the 4 gas giants. Like Jupiter it gives off more heat than it gets from the sun. But unlike Jupiter, it has a magnificent set of rings, and it's so light that it would float in water - if you could find a bath big enough!" + Read Essay

Cecilia Rafanan

Cecilia Rafanan
Caroline Chisholm Catholic College
Grade: 7-8
Braybrook, Victoria

"Most often, people recognise a moon for its spherical, smooth and creamy white colour, but Saturn’s fourth moon, Hyperion, has undeniably defied this statement. Its mysteries that are yet to be discovered are beyond compare from the other two targets."  + Read Essay

Alicia Chen

Alicia Chen
Genazzano FCJ College
Grade: 9-10
Kew, Victoria

"Rhea and Titan are both peculiar moons that are surrounded by infinite mysteries that should be further investigated and studied. A few of the many reasons as to why we should focus on target 2 include the possibility of life on Titan, cause of 'wispy' formations on Rhea’s surface and comparison of the two moons’ atmosphere." + Read Essay

Jarrod Kimpton

Jarrod Kimpton
Wallan Secondary College
Grade: 11-12
Euroa, Victoria

"The next reason that the Cassini spacecraft should target Saturn is because of its shear beauty is has to any other planet. Fundamentally Saturn’s intricate ring arrangement. The rings of Saturn contain mostly debris and water-ice all influenced by gravity, giving the ring shape." + Read Essay


BRAZIL


Ana Catarina Ávila Vitorino

Ana Catarina Ávila Vitorino
Escola Marcia Fancesconi Pereira
Cabo Frio

"O sistema do planeta Saturno é um dos mais intrigantes do Sistema Solar. O estudo desse planeta, suas luas e seus anéis pode nos ajudar a aprender mais não só sobre ele próprio, mas também a responder algumas perguntas que desafiam a humanidade há milênios. A missão Cassini é um dos projetos que nos ajudam a entendê-lo melhor, e assim obter informações valiosas para pesquisas astronômicas e também em outros campos da ciência."  + Read Essay

César de Souza Lima Júnior

César de Souza Lima Júnior
CIEP Gabriel Joaquim dos Santos
São Pedro da Aldeia

"Saturno é o segundo maior planeta do Sistema Solar, possui anéis que se constituem de um conglomerado de partículas de gelo e rocha, em forma de poeira cósmica, que é identificado como sua principal característica. É um planeta gasoso composto principalmente de hidrogênio com uma pequena proporção de hélio, metano e outros elementos." + Read Essay

David Richer Araujo Coelho

David Richer Araujo Coelho
Colégio Estadual Miguel Couto
Cabo Frio

"Saturno é o sexto planeta do sistema solar e o segundo maior depois de Júpiter.Possui uma atmosfera densa , à base de hidrogênio e hélio , aos quais se juntam metano e amônia.Sua densidade é tão baixa , menor que da água , que se o colocássemos em um grande oceano , ele flutuaria ." + Read Essay


GREECE


Kassiani Skamagka

Kassiani Skamagka
19th Volos Elementary School
Magnesia

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Elena Lampiri

Elena Lampiri
Private school 'Heliadis'
Salamina Island

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Danai Partheni

Danai Partheni
2nd Maraslio Elementary School
Athens

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Dallis Charalampos

Dallis Charalampos

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Oikonomou Elisseos

Oikonomou Elisseos

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Papadopoulos Vyron

Vyron Papadopoulos

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Martha Orfanidou and Nicky Pyrovolaki

Martha Orfanidou and Nicky Pyrovolaki

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Theodoros Papazachariou

Theodoros Papazachariou

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Vassiliki_Roussou

Vassiliki Roussou

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PAKISTAN

Iqra Ali Mirza

Iqra Ali Mirza
Roots School System Harley Branch
Rawalpindi Cantt

"Among them, target 1, HYPERION for me is the one very strange and interesting celestial body with lots of potential to reveal huge scientific data with lots of implications for future."  + Read Essay

Momin Imran

Momin Imran
Roots School System Emaar Campus
Islamabad

"Nearly as large as Mars and possessing an atmosphere thicker than Earth’s, Titan would unquestionably be considered a planet if it orbited the Sun on its own." + Read Essay

Nimra Khalid

Nimra Khalid
Army Public School & College
Sargodha

"Saturn comes second after Jupiter. It is so gigantic and so large that 74 Earth-sized planets can be accommodated into it. Scientists since the time of its discovery are puzzled of the origin of these rings." + Read Essay

Farkhanda Shahid

Farkhanda Shahid
Head Start Junior High Clifton
Karachi

"I think Cassini should target Hyperion for close up view by getting answers of many unresolved questions. To justify my choice, here I am giving few reasons of choosing this." + Read Essay

Syeda Sughra Hassan

Syeda Sughra Hassan
Head Start Junior High School
Karachi

"Hyperion’s surface is covered with craters so many that its hard to tell which crater is where. We can’t really see the crators properly form a telescope here on earth so I think it’s better if Cassini gets up close and personal with Hyperion." + Read Essay

Syed Emaad Rizwan

Syed Emaad Rizwan
Head Start School System
Karachi

"I have always been dreaming of becoming one of the scientists of the century, and now it seems that my dream can come true" + Read Essay

Sara Zulfiqar

Sara Zulfiqar
Laurelbank Public School
Lahore

"The human beings of today are not chained to Earth anymore. We have become the visionaries of tomorrow and have endless opportunities to prove our mettle." + Read Essay

Ahmed Ali Tariq

Ahmed Ali Tariq
Beacon House School
Lahore

"Target 2, Rhea and Titan is the most valuable among the three as it would solve many mysteries and will take us one step closer to understand the solar system and our place in it." + Read Essay

Naseer Ahmed

Naseer Ahmed
Beacon House School
Lahore

"The first motive which elaborates the significance of the target 3 is that since 2004 when Cassini was launched towards the space, the season of the planet has been the same till now." + Read Essay

Zunair Imtiaz

Zunair Imtiaz
BeaconHouse School System (Garden Town Campus)
Lahore

"Research on Hyperion has proven that the irregularly shaped satellite has numerous craters filled with a dark reddish substance which are chains of carbon and hydrogen. + Read Essay

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Sidra Fatima Naqvi
Westminster School & College
Islamabad

"The two largest moons of Saturn, separated by over millions of kilometers appear in a striking proximity in this photo. Rhea and Titan - one is a frozen ball of ice, the latter mainly rock in its mysterious hazel halo. Such a beautiful contrast intrigues one to learn more about the geological makeup of the moons, and compare it to that of planet Earth's." + Read Essay

Syed Abuzar Mahmud

Syed Abuzar Mahmud
Roots College International
Islamabad

"Saturn holds the position of the most aesthetically pleasing planet in our solar system. Saturn's rings and auroras appear strikingly beautiful through any picture. But what makes Saturn the best option for the Cassini mission are the surprising number of unexplained physical phenomena occurring on the planet." + Read Essay


ROMANIA


Ioana Todea

Ioana Todea
School no.195
6th Grade
Bucharest

"One of the things concerning Hyperion that should be discovered is the object's internal composition of which, too little is known at the present. However its low density indicates that it could be made of ice and a small amount of rocks. So, Hyperion is a solid body."  + Read Essay

Raluca Bran

Raluca Bran
Colegiul National
5th Grade
Iasi

"Like other big planets, Saturn has more satellites but the most important ones, in size and not only, are Titan and Rhea. Scientists discovered that Titan is the only satellite from the Solar System which has its own atmosphere made of azoth and methane." + Read Essay

Bianca Necola

Bianca Necula
School No. 27 "Princess Ileana"
5th Grade
Bucharest

"Saturn offers the most beautiful view in our entire Solar System due to its rings which are mainly made out of star dust, ice, asteroids leftovers etc. We still don't know the actual age of Saturn's rings." + Read Essay

Alexandra Nicolae and Ioana Ungureanu

Alexandra Nicolae and Ioana Ungureanu
"Mihai Eminescu" National College
7th Grade
Iasi

"To prove his originality Hyperion took an unexplainable sponge form. It was discovered by W. Bond, G. Bond and W. Lassell in 1848, giving them the opportunity to unveil the world's first non-spherical moon.  + Read Essay

Teodora Ninu, Sofia Nitoi, Alexandra Radu

Teodora Ninu, Sofia Nitoi and Alexandra Radu
Tudor Vianu National High School of Computer Science
7th Grade
Bucharest

"From a scientific point of view, target 2 - Rhea and Titan - evinces the most potential for investigation mean. On one hand, the possible origins of life on Terra can be examined with the help of the glaciated, early-Earth conditions perceived on Titan. On the other hand, Rhea is a frozen body surrounded by puzzles such as the existence of rings or of its own weight. + Read Essay

Ana Maria Acostachioaie, Stefania Anghel, Teodora Ginga, Ioana Manole

Ana Maria Acostachioaie, Stefania Anghel, Teodora Ginga, Ioana Manole
"Mihai Eminescu" National College
7th Grade
Iasi

"If we'll go on Saturn we'll be kicked by storms [Like hurrincanes are always present] lighting and rain.The frequency with which they show is the same as it's shown on the Earth and even the fraction of the planet covered by them is similar to that on our planet.  + Read Essay

Alice Bancu, Ioana-Diana Gardus, Iulia-Alexandra Sofian

Alice Bancu, Ioana-Diana Gardus and Iulia-Alexandra Sofian
Tudor Vianu National High School of Computer Science
12th Grade
Bucharest

"So out of place among Rhea, Titan and Enceladus, Hyperion's sight, caught by the space mission represented a genuine contrast: the first moon with non-ellipsoidal figure, easily mistaken for a meteor by the uninitiated ones, has always raised a couple of curiosities... + Read Essay

Raluca Turcu and Maria Uzum

Raluca Turcu and Maria Uzum
Tudor Vianu National High School of Computer Science
9th Grade
Bucharest

"In ancient times, 'Titan'’ and 'Rhea' were two words with great spiritual valence, being related to mother Earth. Nowadays, the same two names could be the answer to many foremost questions about our origin and about the existence of life on other celestial bodies. + Read Essay

Delia Iulia Giread? ă, M? ăd? ălina ?tirbu, Benedic Ancu? ța and Radu Irina ? Ștefania

Delia Iulia Gireadă, Mădălina Știrbu, Benedic Ancuța and Radu Irina Ștefania
"Vasile Alecsandri" and "Ștefan cel Mare" Colleges
10-12th grade
Bacău

"The true king of the ringed planets, the gas giant Saturn surprises through the different characteristics of the emitted radio waves. The periods of the Saturn kilometric radiation differ at the two poles and the phenomenon could be determined by variations in the high-altitude winds in the two hemispheres. + Read Essay


TURKEY


Orhan Efe Yavuz

Orhan Efe Yavuz
Koc Lisesi, The Koc School
9th Grade
Istanbul

"There are two main reasons why Hyperion should be chosen for the next flyby. First, Hyperion's irregular rotation is still a puzzlement for scientists and second it is one of the satellites in the Solar System that can be inhabited by organisms"  + Read Essay

Emre Orhan

Emre Orhan
Eyuboglu Koleji, Eyuboglu High School
11th Grade
Istanbul

"When I consider the scientific benefits of the three targets of Cassini Spacecraft, I think that Target-3 is the best choice among the others. + Read Essay

Tunahan Sonat

Tunahan Sonat
TED Koleji Istanbul, TED High School
11th Grade
Istanbul

"I strongly believe target two would yield the best overall science return. Titan and Rhea offer much to be discovered; we don't have large amounts of information about the extensive features of the two largest moons of Saturn, the planet famous for its rather ostentatious rings." + Read Essay

Esin Meric Kutlay

Esin Meric Kutlay
Koc Lisesi, The Koc School
11th Grade
Istanbul

"Another puzzling incident is the fact that Saturn radiates more heat than it gains from the Sun. Cassini has already observed a Kelvin-Helmholtz (K-H) instability on the planet's atmosphere, yet the planet gives out far more heat than K-H principle may explain." + Read Essay

Emre Sunel

Emre Sunel
Bahcesehir Fen ve Teknoloji Lisesi
Bahcesehir High School for Science and Technology
9th Grade
Istanbul

"I would suggest that Cassini’s cameras be pointed at Rhea and Titan. Many secrets which have been absolutely incredible for mankind, are waiting to be unveiled. " + Read Essay


UNITED KINGDOM


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Molly Anne Clibbett
Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls
Monmouth, Wales

"Research shows that Hyperion is not very dense which suggests that it is made of ice and pockets of trapped gases with only a small amount of rock. Scientists think that this makes the surface of Hyperion easier to crater. Close-up pictures show massive craters probably due to its position on the edge of Saturn's rings which is more liable to space collisions."  + Read Essay

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Alex McGregor
Ardingly College
Haywards Heath, West Sussex

"The tenuous rings of Rhea are the most intriguing to me, if the moon really does have rings orbiting, it will be the first rings about a moon in our solar system. There is evidence for a ring system around Rhea, observed changes in the flow of electrons trapped by Saturn's magnetic field as well as the finding of ultraviolet-bright spots along the equator, believed to be the impacts of orbiting ring material, add up to suggest a ring system orbiting the moon. + Read Essay

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Calum Ashcroft
Robert Gordon’s College
Aberdeen, Scotland

"I believe that Saturn is the best choice of destination for the Cassini probe. Following the vernal equinox in August 2009, Saturn's northern hemisphere has moved into spring, which is producing major changes in temperature distribution across the planet. Due to the long Saturn year – equivalent to approximately thirty Earth years – we will only have one opportunity with the Cassini probe to observe the induced changes in atmospheric conditions produced by this change. Hence it is vital to . . . + Read Essay


VENEZUELA

The Explorers of Hyperion

Team: The Explorers of Hyperion (Grade:5-6)
Christian Barrera, Andres Aguilar, Alan Gonzales, Juanpablo Bozo, Constantino Stefan, Juan Alvarado, Gustavo Boscan, Jesús Urdaneta, Manuel Villalobos, José Ormos, Beinny Salas

Maracaibo, State of Zulia

"Hyperion looks like it has lots of water inside and much more in minerals. So we decided to investigate it and become scientists for a day. + Read Essay

The Dark Matter Group

Team: The Dark Matter Group (Grade: 7-8)
Alexander Ocando, Ernesto Gomez, Mariafrnda Biareta, Jonar Cubillan Luz, Joseignacio Romero, Nay Valbuena, Diego Nava, Gustavo Garcia, Joseangel Reyes, Ricardo Rincon, George Miquilena, Jonar Cubillan

Maracaibo and Conception, State of Zulia

"Cassini will image Rhea to study the moon's geological history. The ultraviolet filter set to see the different layers of media in it, and even the possible interaction of particles between these two moons with some other object of the system as observed with Enceladus and Saturn, which are connected by a loop of electromagnetic particles.  + Read Essay


Starlight Storm and Cave Researchers

Team: Starlight, Storm and Cave Researchers (Grade: 9-12)
Luis Manuel Garcia, Maria Jose Garcia, Melissa Romero, Jesus Romero, Lermith Biareta, Ricardo David Glalueu David Urdaneta, Andres Peña, Andrea Fajardo, Julio Cesar Sanchez, Miguel Bohorquez, Gabriel Moreno

Maracaibo and San Francisco, State of Zulia

"The characteristics of Hyperion make it an interesting target, due the way the moon's surface develops on analysis of the results of the Cassini's cameras that inspect it , data show irregular morphology as if suffering damage from external agents million of years"  + Read Essay