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International Edition Winners 2011: Venezuela, Target 2, Grade 7-8

International Edition Winners 2011: Venezuela, Target 2, Grade 7-8



The Dark Matter Group
Rhea and Titan
Rhea and Titan
Team Name: The Dark Matter Group

Team Members:

Alexander Ocando, Los Robles School

Ernesto Gomez, Los Robles School

Mariafrnda Biareta, Altamira School

Jonar Cubillan Luz, Petro School

Joseignacio Romero, Los Robles School

Nay Valbuena, Merici School

Diego Nava, Santa Mariana School

Gustavo Garcia, Santa Mariana School

Joseangel Reyes, Elisa Faria School

Ricardo Rincon, Los Robles School

George Miquilena, Rincon Lugo School

Jonar Cubillan, Luz Petro School


7th and 8th Grade
Maracaibo and Conception, State of Zulia All these schools are participating in Los Robles Astronomy Club, Zulia


Teacher: Jose Luis Aponte



"What spectacular opportunity we have!!! 2 targets at the same time!!! Cassinis INMS could obtain data on the carbon isotope-containing organic compounds in Titan because if 12 C would give evidence of some extraordinary kind of life characteristic of biological organisms. CAPS could analyze the upper atmosphere to determine whether Titan has other type of particles . The CDA would be used to determine the particles that are established between these two bodies when passing by, the cosmic dust that travels in space since the origins of the Saturn system may disclose its origin, but that position exerted by a moons gravity on the other could mean that powders of different moons were attracted by the other and that would help analyze composition.

CIRS would be set simultaneously at Rhea to complete information on surface elements that make up the subsurface certain to find evidence of past or current groundwater perhaps 1 or 4 miles below the surface According to the Cassini Booklet we received from JPL, also determine internal structure with types of elements or compounds and different temperatures inside to find some metal core? Could it be possible a weak magnetic field?

ISS would 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.

MAG with the results from CIRS could study the possible presence of magnetic field of the moon as observed in Saturn also the influence of solar wind and the load and intensity of them in that particular moon if not find evidence of a magnetic field or interactivity of them.

SAR , in Titan would be used to keep on mapping surface and see the developments on its lakes of methane and the relief of the moon recently, it helps identify different natural cycles that keep compounds and elements present in the moon for so long.

The whole system has more research to see all the evolutions of organic compounds in Titan and form hypotheses at JPL of how organic compounds formed on the moons formed by 12 C atoms that became organisms in early earth. Why are there organic compounds in Titan? What are the cycles of the different elements on Titan? if so would that prove the hypothesis of Russian chemical scientists and geologists?"