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International Edition Winners -- 2009

International Edition Winners -- 2009


Laura de Freitas Sommer

BRAZIL

Laura de Freitas Sommer

Escola Santo Tomás de Aquino
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais


"Gostaria muito que vocês mirassem o satélite para os anéis de Saturno para aprendermos mais sobre eles.
Sabemos que Saturno é o segundo maior planeta do sistema solar, que ele é muito famoso e é considerado a maravilha do sistema solar por causa dos seus anéis."  + Read More


Rodrigo Maciel Selmo

Rodrigo Maciel Selmo
Colegio Santa Maria
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo

"Titã, nome grego dado a seres gigantescos, faz jus ao seu nome, sendo o segundo maior satélite do sistema solar (menor apenas que o satélite jupteriano Ganimedes), maior que o planeta Mercúrio e apenas 25% menor do que Marte."  + Read More


Guthyerrz Maciel da Silva

Guthyerrz Maciel da Silva
Lord of Bomfim
Bayeux, Paraíba

"A lua Tétis e os anéis de saturno devem ser escolhidos, pois, essa foto irá alcançar dois objetivos em uma só foto. Que é revelar alguns mistérios sobre os anéis de saturno e ao mesmo tempo sobre a lua Tétis. Ela também irá ajudar os cientistas a descobrir as causas do anel F sofrer constantes mudanças. "  + Read More


Romário  Lima da Silva

Romário Lima da Silva
PRO-JOVEM Project – Campos
Escola Municipal Dr. Luiz Sobral
Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro

"Com base nos estudos feitos, os anéis de saturno são constituídos essencialmente por uma mistura de gelo, poeiras e material rochoso.A origem dos anéis é desconhecida tornando assim muito mais interessante o estudo sobre os anéis."  + Read More


Jardel Lucas Maia Viana and Fernanda Carvalho Pereira

Fernanda Carvalho Pereira and Jardel Lucas Maia Viana
Terra Prometida – CIEP Pedro Álvares Cabral, Brejo Grande
Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro

"A lua que conhecemos em nossa infância deitava em um manto prateado e brincava de esconde-esconde com o sol. Sabia ser tímida em dias de chuva e se mostrava alegre depois de uma orquestra afinada de cigarras para anunciar um lindo dia na manhã seguinte."  + Read More


Blenda Kelly Ferreira

Blenda Kelly Ferreira
PRO-JOVEM Project
Campos – Colégio Estadual 29 de Maio
Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro

"Além de toda atmosfera densa e nebulosa Titã é muito envolvente, primeiro pelo nome que recebeu , que é de origem grega , depois pelas descobertas que já foram feitas através das naves e pela sonda que foram enviadas até a lua Titã."  + Read More



Karen-Butt

CANADA

Karen Butt

9th grade
Westmount, Quebec

"Cassini should point its cameras at Target 3, Titan. This moon has proven to be very interesting, but there is still much more to find out. Scientists have discovered many similarities between Titan and Earth. It is even believed that it resembles the Earth before life evolved there. "  + Read More

Ai Zhang

CHINA

Ai Zhang

Senior; Undergraduate
Beihang University (Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics)

"I am an undergraduate student who decides to take a further study in Ph.D. program in image processing. The beautiful colors of Saturn’s ring fascinate me a lot. In my opinion, taking gorgeous pictures of Saturn and its rings in choice one is the best choice."  + Read More
Tian-Lin Wang


Tian-Lin Wang
First year of graduate study for master degree
Fudan University

"Saturn’s magnetosphere and atmosphere are significant subjects in Saturn research. Moons of Saturn, such as Titan, Tethys, are also interesting problems in discussion."  + Read More
Xiaoye Han


Xiaoye Han
Senior Undergraduate
Beihang University (Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics)

"The most important reason that I adhere to target three is that Titan resembles Earth several billion years ago."  + Read More
Liu Yiwei


Liu Yiwei
4th Year Undergraduate
Sun Yat-sen University

"Inside every soul, there is a wonderland, with the most amazing impossibilities. I have always felt that Titan is that of mine. Therefore, I will vote with all my fingers and tows for Titan to be the main object observed by Cassini."  + Read More
Deng Yongting


Deng Yongting
Grade 2 Undergraduate
Sichuan University

"One's banal speculation that whether the Saturn will transform into a sun-like planet is of no significance. Although it may happen 30 billion years later, it is thought to be a splendid subject study among the astronomical circle."  + Read More

SAI VINAY

INDIA -- GRADE 5 and 6

Sai Vinay

6th Grade
St.Mathew’s Public School, Vijayawada

"Saturn is one of the most beautiful planets in solar system with rings surrounding its girth exhibiting brilliant hues. My target for the observation would be Saturn and its rings."  + Read More
M.Ram Pranav

M. Ram Pranav
6th Grade
St. Paul’s High School

"Right from Galileo in whose honor this year we celebrate international year of astronomy, ancient astronomers always wondered about rings. Particularly A ring which was most popular. By choosing this target and using instruments on the spacecraft I will learn more than what ancient observers did about special features of A ring and F ring."  + Read More
J. Vishnu Priya

J. Vishnu Priya

6th Grade
KLR Techno Kids School

"Titan is rich and complex world which still holds many mysteries, researches are continuing to monitor the surface as the seasons change to see if new lakes form or old ones evaporate and are searching for additional evidence that cryvolcanoes that is volcanoes erupting rock water, ammonium or methane instead of molten lava are active on the surface."  + Read More
M. Bharath
INDIA: Grade 6-7-

M. Bharath

7th Grade
KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA NO.1, TIRUPATI


"The planet Saturn is a spectacular one among all other planets in our solar system. The rings add more flavor to its beauty."  + Read More


Meghana Gudluru

Meghana Gudluru

7th grade
Oakridge International School


" We can learn about the unique qualities of Saturn’s F-ring which change in just a matter of hours like magic and why."  + Read More


Shahnawaz

Shahnawaz

7th grade
Kalpa School


"Because of the extremely cold temperatures typical of celestial bodies that are that far away from the Sun, the structure of Titan's chemical atmosphere is in a state of deep freeze."  + Read More


E. Radhe Shyam

INDIA: Grade 9 to 10

E. Radhe Shyam
9th grade
C.R.P.F. Public School


"Studying the rings of Saturn may prove beneficial. The spokes of the Saturn may be the ice particles arranged in an narrow belt which illumine when sun’s rays follow on them."  + Read More


Ch. Bhaskar


Ch. Bhaskar
10th grade
Bhasyam School


"Tethys possesses mysteries that could be solved if it becomes Cassini's image target. Relatively recent craters on Tethys surface have brighter coloration than surrounding areas."  + Read More


K. Sushmitha Sri


K. Sushmitha Sri
10th grade
Narayana Olympiad School


"Titan resembles Earth in it's geographical features. It has an atmosphere like earth and it is still more denser than that of earth's atmosphere."  + Read More


Syed Yasin Shahtaz Emanee



Syed Yasin Shahtaz Emanee
12th grade
Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Golaghat, Assam.


"The likelihood of Tethys adding to the Ring System makes it especially valuable since this forms an interesting system of a satellite interacting with what are perhaps debris of an earlier satellite(s)."     + Read More



Rohin Vajawat



Rohin Vajawat
12th Grade
International School of Hyderabad


"Our limited understanding of the Titan's surface is because of this atmosphere that is so thick that the existing optical devices are unable to capture images of the surface and other geographical features."  + Read More



Amir Reza Kamkar

IRAN

Amir Reza Kamkar

Secondary School


"Saturn has been an attractive planet for humanity throughout the history, from the ancient cosmologists who knew it as the last planet, to Galileo who observed Saturn with an elliptic shape with his small hand-made telescope, to today’s scientists who send probes to increase their knowledge of Saturn, its moons, and mysteries around this marvelous planet."   + Read More

Kasra Mokhtarpour



Kasra Mokhtarpour

High School


"I choose Tethys and Saturn Rings as the next photographing target of Cassini spacecraft, because I believe this target will bring new information, considering the facts that Saturn itself has been the subject of different missions previously and also photographs of Titan can not show the terrain because of the thick atmosphere."  + Read More


Finn Bradley

IRELAND

Finn Bradley

Age: 11-14
Dublin, Ireland


"There are a number of reasons I chose this target. Firstly because there were only two flybys of Tethys so far and there is so much more to discover and so many mysteries to solve there."  + Read More



Abinish Kumar Dutt



NEPAL

Abinish Kumar Dutt

Grade: 12th
Maitighar Kathmandu


"Observing the pattern of photochemical reactions on Titan's haze could give us informations, approaches similar to which we could apply on the early Earth's haze to know things about Earth's chemistry better."   + Read More



Ype de Groo, Mike Brockbernd and Paul Lemmens

THE NETHERLANDS


Ype de Groot, Mike Brockbernd and Paul Lemmens

Het Sint Maartenscollege -- Maastricht





"Saturn is one of the most special planets in our solar system. When Galileo Galilei looked trough his handmade telescope at Saturn, he saw this planet in threefold. He described this appearance as handles, ansae. The Dutchman Huygens proved 50 years later that these ansae were the rings of Saturn. That's one of the reasons why Saturn is a special planet. The other reason why Saturn is special, is his moon Titan."  + Read More

Luca Istodor Berceanu Slavomir



ROMANIA

Luca Istodor Berceanu Slavomir

"Acad. Nicolae Teodorescu" -- Prof. Mihaela Mariana Badea
Bucaresti



"I dont know what van Gogh dreamt about when glazing at the sky, but I know Saturns rings truly fascinate me."  + Read More


Kis Melania, Vanessa Popescu, Beatrice Toader and Natalia Todoran



Kis Melania, Vanessa Popescu, Beatrice Toader and Natalia Todoran
Age: 12 - 13; Prof. Szatmari Aurora-Dorina
Nicolae Balcescu School -- Oradea, Romania






"Natalia took notes in a notebook: atmosphere of hydrogen, helium and other small scale elements. Beatrice made a hole in the ground with a type of laser. It seems that Saturn's internal structure consists of a core of rock and ice, surrounded by a thick layer of metallic hydrogen in a gaseous outer layer."  + Read More



Safa Fazal Haque

SAUDI ARABIA

Safa Fazal Haque

Grade: 7 - 8, Middle East International School
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


"Titan has a thick layer of methane, ethane and nitrogen all around it which obstructs the study of its surface, just like Venus. But the Cassini Spaceship has succeeded in finding out what lies beneath this thick blanket of gases."  + Read More


Ashaab Alam

Ashaab Alam
12th grade -- International Indian School
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

"The study of Saturn and its Rings, if successful, would no doubt take us another step in the ultimate human space exploration and with the help of Cassini Spacecraft this mission looks closer to accomplishment."  + Read More


Fazal Ahmed
Zeshaan Ali

Fazal Ahmed
International Indian School

Zeshaan Ali
New Middle East International School
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



"Why is there an abundance of organic compounds found on Titan? Where did all the organic matter come from? How come it has a dense atmosphere of nitrogen and not any other element?"  + Read More


Mary Reader

UNITED KINGDOM

Mary Reader

Age: 14-16 (tie)
Ardingly College, West Sussex


"Surprisingly, it rains on Titan, due to the accumulation of smog chemicals, such as methane and ethane that precipitate a "gasoline-like" substance. A third of Titan's surface appears to reveal mountain ranges, dunes, lakes, rivers and volcanoes."  + Read More


Richard Thorburn


Richard Thorburn
Age: 14-16 (tie)
Lingfield Notre Dame School


"Titan is the only other body in the solar system to be shown to have large bodies of stable liquid on its surface, apart from the Earth, and its surface is also geologically young, meaning that it presents a possible picture of what the Earth may have been like in earlier stages of its formation."  + Read More


Charles Board



Charles Board

Age: 16-18
West Sussex



"The atmosphere itself appears to contain many hydrocarbons, ranging from simple alkanes, to complex polycyclic aromatic compounds. The more complex compounds probably form from the methane and ethane being converted by sunlight."  + Read More


Christina Larkin



Christina Larkin

Age: 16-18
Belfast



"I believe that Target 3, Saturn's moon Titan, would be of the most scientific value. This is because Titan, although a moon, actually appears more like a planet."  + Read More



Gabriela Machado Moreno
Gabriela Machado Moreno

VENEZUELA

Gabriela Machado Moreno

Grado: Séptimo / Sección: C
Unidad Educativa Colegio Emil Friedman



"Desde que Galileo en 1610, observó los brillantes anillos de Saturno, los
cuales, por la baja resolución de su telescopio, confundió con grandes lunas, éste se tornó uno de los planetas más interesantes del Sistema Solar."  + Read More



Farhin Akberali

ZAMBIA

Farhin Akberali

Age: 14
Lechwe Trust School, Kitwe



"Titan!!! When you look at Saturn through any telescope, all you can see is Saturn's day side and the sunlit part of its rings."  + Read More


Lweendo E.J Hachamba



Lweendo E.J Hachamba

Age: 15
Mpelembe High School, Kitwe



"I decided to write about Saturn because it is a unique planet having the potential to bring positive change to man’s life if probed more."  + Read More