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International Edition Winners 2009: Romania (Age: 12-13, winner)

International Edition Winners 2009: Romania (Age: 12-13, winner)


ISTODOR BERCEANU LUCA SLAVOMIR
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Luca Istodor Berceanu Slavomir

Class: VII-a E; Prof. Mihaela Mariana Badea
"Acad. Nicolae Teodorescu",
Bucuresti


"Many years ago, Vincent van Gogh wrote: "... to look at the stars always makes me dream , as simply as I dream over the black dots of a map representing towns and villages. Why, I ask myself, should the shining dots of the sky not be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France?"

I dont know what van Gogh dreamt about when glazing at the sky, but I know Saturns rings truly fascinate me.
Third millennium people want to discover cosmic space and find other planets that can be inhabited. The Cassini probe wants to bring the Saturnian universe closer to us.

If we exclude the Roman god of time, Saturn is a planet in our Solar System with many rings, or so we are told from antiquity, but I could've told you that without any research. After a more thorough study of the subject I can tell you that Saturn has 61 satellites, 60 more than planet Earth, and its rings are made of ice, dust and rocks. I've also discovered that Saturn is far bigger than Earth ... about 95 times bigger. After reading about it, it seems that Saturn has a low density and spins quite fast. This means it looks like a flattened sphere (a sphere thats flattened at the poles and curved at the Equator). It takes 378.09 days for Saturn to arrive in the exact same position to the sun. That's one year and 13 days.

One of the interesting things I read about Saturn was that it has high temperature vortexes. This was observed by astronomers and they believe Saturn to be the only planet in our Solar System where this phenomenon can be seen. The Saturnian atmosphere presents parallel strips, similar to the ones on Jupiter.

The interior of Saturn is similar to Jupiters and it's comprised of a small rocky core surrounded by hydrogen and helium.

As you read the information above, you may have fallen under the impression that Saturn can sustain life. I was under this impression myself, before reading about the long and violent storms that take place on this planet. One of these storms, observed by the Cassini mission, began in January 2009 and is still going on with great violence. This is one of nine storms that were observed since the mission began in 2004. This last piece of information will surely eliminate any hopes you may have had regarding life on Saturn.

As you can see, Saturn is an extremely interesting planet. As for space probes, they aren't called the universe's eyes and ears for nothing ... "