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2001 Edition -- Target 2: Rhea and Titan, Grade 7 and 8 Winner

2001 Edition -- Target 2: Rhea and Titan, Grade 7 and 8 Winner


Isabel Torres
Rhea and Titan
Rhea and Titan
Isabel Torres

7th Grade
Bourbon County Middle School
Paris, Ky

Teacher: Kayla Vaughan


"In September of this year, Cassini spacecraft is taking images of three targets: Hyperion, Rhea & Titan, and Saturn. Out of these I believe Rhea & Titan will provide the best science. Read on, to find out why.

Did you know that Saturn's largest moon, Titan, resembles Earth before our atmosphere received oxygen? Well, now you do. Due to its dense atmosphere and other things, Titan is said to be "one of the most Earth-like worlds we have found to date" (pre-oxygenated state, that is). This could be helpful to science in many ways. Earth's ozone layer has a steady decline of 4percent volume per decade, this can lead to a ton of effects, including: Skin Cancer, reduced photosynthesis in plants, cataracts and much more. Studying an "Earth-like" place would not be a bad idea, incase things get worse.

Rhea, Saturn's second largest moon, has been reported to have material orbiting it. Scientists say that the "rings" may be the remnants of an asteroid or comet collision, but could it be the first rings around a moon? Possibly... This sounds like a good reason for further study.

Earlier, I stated that Titan is very much like Earth a long time ago. Due to this statement we can conclude that by learning about Titan we learn more about Earth. Many good things could come out of this. Think trial and error, we could see what we did wrong and try to make it right or try new things to make it better here on Earth.

Another reason for research is that plasma and energy particles in Saturn's magnetosphere when absorbed by ring particles and moons produce a thing called radiolysis, of the water ice, which produces oxygen, hydrogen peroxide and molecular oxygen. This has been detected on Rhea! A great reason for study.

So now, as you can see, with Titan's Earth-like atmosphere and ways, Rhea's possiblity to be the first moon with rings, and Rhea's interaction to Saturn's magnetosphere, the study of Rhea & Titan would give a lot of information to Science and bring tons of knowledge to us all. I strongly, strongly believe Rhea & Titan should be furtherly study. It would be a benefit to everyone..."