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Targets Overview

Powtawche Williams

Cassini Navigation Team

Computer simulations of the three targets
From top: Saturn & Rings; Tethys & Rings; and Titan.

Welcome to the eighth edition of Cassini Scientist for a Day!

My name is Powtawche, and I am a navigator on the Cassini team.

Part of my job is to design the maneuvers needed to send the spacecraft exactly where the scientists want it to go.

The 'Cassini Scientist for a Day' contest is your chance to tell us where you think the cameras on Cassini should be pointed.

The observation for this contest scheduled for October 11.

The science planning team designed three possible observation opportunities. Each has scientific merit.

You are to decide which of these three targets would yield the best science return -- and to write an essay illustrating your reasons.

Target number 1 is Saturn and its rings. Number 2 is Tethys with Saturn's rings; and number 3 is Titan.

My colleagues, Bobak, Kelly and Christen will share their reasons for why you should pick their favorite target.

Learn as much as you can about these three targets and choose YOUR favorite to write about.

Your essays will be evaluated by Cassini scientists and educators. There will be a winner for each target.

Thank you for your interest in the Cassini mission, and good luck with your essays -- we look forward to hearing from you!