Cassini Scientist for a Day
Announcing the U.S. 2014 Essay Contest Winners
Target 1: F ring
Target 2: Titan
Target 3: Saturn
| Juliana Yu
The Dalton School
New York, New York
| Nicholas Vitebsky
Mountain View Middle School
Mendham, New Jersey
| Neha Aryasomayajula |
Conant Elementary School
| Luca P.B. Robinson
Castaic Middle School
| Nidhi Nagireddy
Rocky Run Middle School
| Belen Morote
Copiague Middle School
Copiague, New York
| Ben Wolman
Palisades Charter High School
Pacific Palisades, California
| Emma Spears
Powell County High School
Deer Lodge, Montana
| Carolyn Frank, Dominick Frank, |
and Chelsey Frank
An Essay Contest For Students in Grade 5 to 12
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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 essay (maximum 500 words). The contest meets U.S. National English and Science Education Standards.
UPDATE: May 20: The winning essays are posted on these pages.
NOTE: If you had issues printing certificates of participation, visit this page .
|Here are the three topics of the Spring 2014 essay contest:
Target 1 is Saturn's F ring. Cassini will be taking 70 images of the F ring using the spacecraft's Narrow Angle Camera to make a movie showing how the F ring changes as it orbits Saturn.
Target 2 is Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Cassini will be taking nine images of Titan's north polar region using its Narrow Angle Camera. These images will be stitched together to form a mosaic.
Target 3 is the planet Saturn. The Cassini spacecraft will use its Wide Angle Camera and its Narrow Angle Camera to image Saturn's north pole, studying the hurricane at the north pole and the hexagon-shaped polar vortex.
The deadline for the U.S. contest is April 17, 2014
Other countries may have different deadlines.
2013 Edition Recap:
• Winners of the last edition of the U.S. contest.
• Winners from participating countries.
• Winners from the European Space Agency international contest.
• For a list of participating countries, please visit our international page .
December 2010: Student Scientists Have Their DayStudents from schools throughout the U.S. peppered a panel of top Cassini scientists with questions on Saturn and 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. |
The 2009 edition of the Ustream event is also available on Ustream.+ Watch the 2009 Webcast (63 minutes)
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