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International Edition Winners 2011: Romania, Target 1, Grade 7-8

International Edition Winners 2011: Romania, Target 1, Grade 7-8


Nicolae Alexandra and Ungureanu Ioana
Hyperion
Hyperion
Alexandra Nicolae and Ioana Ungureanu

7th Grade
"Mihai Eminescu" National College
Iasi, Romania

Teacher: Cristina Anton



"Somewhere far away, in the infinite Universe, after thousands of years, the remains of Greek civilization still live buried in the stone hearts of the twelve Titans, which now fly through the endless sky: Oceanus and Thetys, Coeus and Phoebe, Cronus and Rhea, Mnemosyne, Crius, Themis, Iapetos, Theia and Hyperion great. These twelve great titans once led the world, according to Greek mythology, and brought honor parents Gaia and Ouranus.

One of the most powerful titans, Hyperion has honored his name which means "The Awesome", and giving life to some of the most beloved deities, Helios, the Sun, Eos and Selene. Hyperion has resisted heroically when the gods fought the Titans, the future leaders of mythology, but was defeated.

However, in order to make up to his father, Hyperion rose in the sky, becoming a huge celestial body, attaching the mighty Saturn like a shadow as a natural satellite or a moon.

About Hyperion as a celestial body is said to be a bit of Sun that has cooled and did not want to stay connected to his son and following the path to his chaotic trajectory was due to the fact that heavenly gods turned into asteroids and planets and chasing him across the Universe, trying to reunite him with Helios, the Sun and to calm the madness.

To prove his originality Hyperion took an unexplainable sponge form. It was discovered by William Cranch Bond, George Phillips Bond and William Lassell in 1848, giving them the opportunity to unveil the world's first non-spherical moon. To shock even more Hyperion has set his chaotic trajectory parallel to Saturnus'equator. Since its size decreased with time, its diameter reached about 286 km, Hyperion is sometimes dangerously close or very far away from his older brother, Titan, like warning him that his ambitions have not died and that not many years ago he was about 1000 km in diameter.

Hyperion "hosts' many mysterious craters on its surface in which there is a reddish material containing carbon and hydrogen. The four craters are named after the sun-gods of mythology of various peoples: Bahloo, Helios,Jarilo and Meri. A possible explanation for these large craters is a collision between Hyperion and another celestial body. It is believed that about 1000 years ago due to an impact Hyperion was pushed by a massive force to Titan and that there was a slight collision at low speed, pieces of Hyperion volatilizing into Titan's atmosphere.

The moon's gigantic body contains a large amount of water ice and very few rocks. This is the cause of the once unexplainable low density of Hyperion. NASA scientists have said that alien life is almost impossible because the water is dirty, not allowing microorganisms to grow under the proposed conditions.

Cassini Spacecraft's latest studies on Hyperion show that 40 percent of its surface is just empty space.

Cassini spacecraft will return from Hyperion with new information about the trajectory, craters and composition it is likely that in future humans will venture on its soil, to accompany it in its endless journey."