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International Edition Winners 2011: Venezuela, Target 1, Grade: 5-6

International Edition Winners 2011: Venezuela, Target 1, Grade: 5-6



Maracaibo, State of Zulia


Explorers of Hyperion
Hyperion
Hyperion
Team Name: Explorers of Hyperion

Team Members:

Christian Barrera
Andres Aguilar
Alan Gonzales
Juanpablo Bozo
Constantino Stefan
Juan Alvarado
Gustavo Boscan
Jesús Urdaneta
Manuel Villalobos
José Ormos
Beinny Salas


Los Robles Elementary School Club de Astronomía Los Robles.

Teacher: Manuel Villarreal


"The first time we observed the moon Hyperion we said to ourselves: it is a Spongy-Looking Moon; we imagined that if the moon had a sea it would be like this one.

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.The ideal targets for Cassini would be the deep crevices, the ideal place to conduct scientific research is around the irregular shape maybe caused by many collisions which blew part of the moon away,according to JPL, thats evidence of bombardment by meteors that make it appear to be the oldest surface in the Saturn system.

NASA scientist noted it rotates chaotically, Its eccentric orbit makes it subject to gravitational forces from Saturn which have set it tumbling out of control. The moon's rotational period is not constant and varies from one orbit to the next, making it impossible to Cassini spacecraft pass very close to it, we suggest JPL to explore the dark floored craters that speckle its surface, but it will be a difficult mission, because the spacecraft needs SAR, to take pictures inside and explore the spongy craters to virtually go inside its bottom, and discover the type of ice and minerals with the spectometer around and below its 'surface that is mysterious.We recommend certain distance of the chaotic route when Cassini's team decides to explore more those mysterious craters. Could its spongy-looking craters be due to thermal erosion that make the holes into the sunlight and its density reaching deeper ice base?

This NASA hypothesis makes us believe that if the sun will overheat the Solar system this moon would be a wet sponge, makes us imagine that it would be fascinating to see a marina moon through the telescope.Thanks to Cassini's journey made in 2005 and on August 2011 to Hyperion we can know a little more.

As the largest Atypical moon in the Solar System we get to little by little know its composition. We concluded that in the universe of Moons Hyperion is in the first place in the ranking of the strangest Moon in the Solar system, and it calls to investigate why so. Voyager2 flyby of Hyperion revealed it to have a pock-marked body and the largest irregularly shaped satellite ever observed. We propose to Nasa explore more Hyperion with the following instruments (VIMS, CDA, INMS) and of course SAR, because we want to know what's below the surface, are there any minerals?, does it have a simple low density atmosphere composition down deep in the craters? similar as earths Moon?

From Maracaibo Venezuela this explorers of Hyperion not so far, willkeep on dreaming that we can help you in this matter."