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International Edition Winners 2011: Pakistan, Target 1, 7-8

International Edition Winners 2011: Pakistan, Target 1, 7-8


Farkhanda Shahid
Hyperion
Hyperion
Farkhanda Shahid

7th Grade
Head Start Junior High Clifton
Karachi, Pakistan




" The Cassini spacecraft is a very informative trip which will provide lots and lots of information about Saturn and its surroundings. As this contest highlighted the three targets, my interest is in Hyperion.

Hyperion was discovered in 1848 by Willione Crunch Bond, it is one of the smatter moons of Saturn but it has many mysteries.

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.

First of all, its mysterious shape and rotation. As pictures show that the shape of Hyperion looks like a piece of rock. It is also seen that although the size of this Saturn's moon is not too big that can tell us and describe many answers that arise after looking at this. Why is it so rocky? What made the surface of Hyperion so strange? Is it still in the phase of change? Its shape? What elements and crater are included in the surface of Hyperion?

Secondly, the chaotic rotation of this moon as many scientists agree that most sophisticated mathematical models and tools cannot predict or tell exactly about the rotation of this moon. It is still a mystery that why this moon has such an abnormal rotation.

Third, the surface of Hyperion is also very interesting and mysterious to me as its look like a piece of rock. I wanted to know how it was created and what elements and materials are present in it.

I think and hope that Cassini spacecraft observes and provides us information. I deeply need the answers of a few questions.

1. Is the Hyperion expanding or shirking?
2. Could the rotation of Hyperion be predicted?
3. Is there any chance of collation of Hyperion with any other object?
4. Why is it so unique in the whole solar system?
5. What are there so many holes on the surface of this moon?
6. Is Hyperion a small part of any big object or is it there something else?
7. Are there some more objects in the solar system that are still hidden from human beings?

I hope that sooner or later we will be able, with the help of Cassini spacecraft, to get the answers of so many questions. On the other hand, I also hope that it will open new chapters of discussion about this mysterious object in the solar system."