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Cassini Scientist for a Day - 2011 Targets

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Targets Overview: 2011 Edition

Powtawche Williams

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The three targets, from top, Hyperion, Rhea and Titan, and Saturn
Click on the image for a printable version of the three targets.

Welcome to the 10th edition of Cassini Scientist for a Day!

My name is Powtawche, and I am a navigator on the Cassini team.

Part of my job is to design the maneuvers and trajectories needed to send the spacecraft exactly where the scientists want it to go.

The 'Scientist for a Day' contest is your chance to tell us where you think the cameras on Cassini should be pointed during upcoming observations scheduled for September.

The science planning team designed three possible observation opportunities. Each of the three has scientific merit, and in fact Cassini will image all three.

You are to decide which of these three targets would yield the best science return - and to write an essay illustrating your reasons.

Target number 1 is a high-resolution image of the irregularly shaped moon Hyperion.

Number 2 captures Saturn's two largest moons, Rhea and Titan; and target 3 is a close-up view of Saturn.

My colleagues, Todd, Nimisha, and Estelle will share their reasons for why you should pick their favorite target.

Learn as much as you can about these three targets and choose YOUR favorite to write about.

Your essays will be evaluated by Cassini scientists and educators. There will be a winner for each target.

Thank you for your interest in the Cassini mission, and good luck with your essays - we look forward to hearing from you!