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Scientist for a Day - 11th Edition

Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

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The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and are tasked to choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in a 500-word essay. Teaming up is encouraged.

We are working on the 2013 edition. The three essay topics will be announced in late summer.




Congratulations to All Participants

March 4, 2013 -- We are honored to publish the winning essays coming from many corners of the world. With articulate prose and sound scientific zeal, thousands of students wrote persuasive essays that described good reasons to pick one of the three targets.

Congratulations to all students who participated, and huge thanks to all the teachers and volunteers who organized contests in many parts of the world.

Visit the International Winner Pages. Winners of the U.S. contest are available here.

Thank you for the great interest – we hope students and teachers alike enjoyed the activity!

The Cassini Outreach Team

Scientists Have Their Day

Students from schools throughout the U.S. peppered a panel of top Cassini scientists with questions on Saturn, its rings and moons. Leading the panel, on Dec 7, 2010, was Amanda Hendrix, Cassini deputy scientist. She was assisted by Kevin Baines, a JPL Principal Scientist with extensive experience in planetary exploration, and Rosaly Lopes, a world-famous planetary geologist and volcanologist.

The event has been recorded, and is available on Ustream.

+ Watch the Webcast (1 hour)

The 2009 edition of the Ustream event is also available on Ustream.

+ Watch the 2009 Webcast (63 minutes)
From left, Ota Lutz, Amanda Hendrix, Kevin Baines and Rosaly Lopes
Ota Lutz facilitates discussion with Amanda Hendrix, Kevin Baines and Rosaly Lopes as they field questions from students around the world.

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