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International Edition Winners 2011: Pakistan, Target 1, 5-6

International Edition Winners 2011: Pakistan, Target 1, 5-6


Iqra Ali Mirza
Hyperion
Hyperion
Iqra Ali Mirza

5th Grade
Roots School System Harley Branch
Rawalpindi Cantt, Pakistan




"Cassini is a robotic spacecraft orbiting planet Saturn and is a joint effort of NASA, European and Italian Space Agencies. The mission is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.

Scientists have a big responsibility to find facts about other planets .In this technological era, scientists have discovered several new planets, here I have three targets:

- Hyperion (Saturn's moon)
- Rhea and Titan (Saturn's moons)
- Saturn

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. That's why; I choose to write on it.

If l were a Cassini scientist, I would try my best to find new and better facts than people have ever found about it. A lot of things run through my mind, what's the temperature there? Is there water? Or air or any sign of life? I would really love to study about its weird looking craters, and how many things have hit this spongy looking moon. How it moves? Clockwise or anti- clockwise? Why it orbits the Saturn in a chaotic way? Has it got any moons of its own? Also the composition of this moon makes me. Wonder what would be the composition of its surface? What is inside? Recently, scientists have found hydrocarbons on Hyperion which is very significant as far as existence of life form is concerned; this all can't be done all alone. I will really need a team of scientists who can help me to make this dream come true. I hope that I and all other junior scientists can make a big space flying machine that would orbit HYPERION finding all kinds of information and taking some great pictures which can take us all to the edge of our seats. A machine that would only orbit HYPERION for some years to come which would keep on taking high-resolution images of this mysterious Moon thus giving us deep insight into its mysteries .Scientist believe that much of its interior space is empty, that is why it's got the name Rubber-Pile.

Cassini made a close encounter with HYPERION on 25th August 2011, and next flyby has occurred on 16th September 2011, when it passed at 58,000 kilometers. But I dream of finding more facts than these even if it takes almost my whole life. I hope this dream comes true.

Thank you NASA for giving children a fabulous chance to participate in a great contest!"