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International Edition Winners 2009: India (Grade 7-8: Target 2)

International Edition Winners 2009: India (Grade 7-8: Target 2)


Meghana Gudluru
Tethys and Rings
Target 2: Tethys & Rings
Meghana Gudluru

7th Grade
Oakridge International School


" You must already be wondering why I have chosen target two for writing this essay. Actually, I have quite a few reasons to support my choice. In this picture of Tethys and a part of Saturn's rings, we can study about some characteristics in target one and target three too. We can learn about the unique qualities of Saturn's F-ring which change in just a matter of hours like magic and why. And as there were only two close fly-bys of this topic, one successful picture of it could lead to a completely new experience and discovery. We also need further study into this particular topic because we need to find out if Tethys is actually adding to the E-ring of Saturn as scientists believe.

We can also update ourselves on the dynamic A-ring of Saturn which is very dynamic and interesting as Saturn's moons create very amazing waves in this ring and the edge of the A-ring is the perfect point to view these particular features. We will also get the shepherd moons of Saturn 'Prometheus' and 'Pandora' into this picture. These moons often create breath-taking kinks and knot which scientists are still very curious to know more about. We can actually find out if Tethys has the life supporting characteristics like other satellites of Saturn. Scientists also believe there are very small moons in the rings of Saturn but we haven't yet seen them so this will be the picture we're looking for to find them if they actually exist. We can compare Tethys to Titan and learn if Saturn has a proper system of its own as it has a complete sixty three satellites.

Due to the immense amount of time taken for a spacecraft to reach back to earth and the opportunity of knowing so much in one picture, no sensible scientist will ever deny or regret taking this truly and perfectly stupendous and revealing picture of Tethys and rings of Saturn. If I were a scientist for a day, I am sure that I will definitely choose target two for my space mission. "