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International Edition Winners - 2010

International Edition Winners - 2010



AUSTRALIA


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Lauren and Caitlin Heading
Korowa Anglican Girl's School
Glen Iris, Melbourne, Australia

" Another worthwhile reason to look at Rhea is to further investigate why one side of the moon is heavily cratered, and the other not. Also, there are several wispy streaks that we need to find out more about – are they evidence of tectonic movement, or something else?"  + Read More


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Nina Louise Hooper
Presentation College Windsor
Windsor, Melbourne, Australia

"When it comes to expensive scientific research, it is clear that value, that is, getting the most possible out of an experiment or observation, is ideal. For this reason, it is without a doubt that target 2; Titan, Tethys and Enceladus, will reap the most rewards and is the best target of the three."+ Read More



BRAZIL


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Beatriz dos Santos Barbosa, Bruna Helena Aro Misailidis, Gabriela Aro Misailidis and Maria Elvira Rondinelli de Magalhães

Colégio Sagrado Coração de Jesus
Campinas – São Paulo


" On Titan there is a hydrological cycle that allows rainfall, evaporation and how storms on Earth. The difference is that our cycle is with water and with hydrocarbons in Titan's. "  + Read More


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Luana Gomes de Souza
Hayla Freitas Torres
Karolayne Rangel Siqueira
Emanuele dos Santos Souza

Escola M. Olavo Alves Saldanha Filho
Campos dos Goytacazes

"We think that Cassini would have to image the moons Titan, Enceladus and Tethys, because we find it very interesting and wanted to know more about them."  + Read More


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Monique Almeida Oliveira
Rafaela Monteiro Wagner
Luan Santana Pessanha
Eduarda Pires Ribeiro

Escola Municipal Professora Olga Linhares Corrêa
Guarus – Campos dos Goytacazes – Rio de Janeiro

"We chose this target because we [discovered] a huge delight in our contact with outer space. One only wonder!" + Read More


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Ana Catarina Avila Vitorino


Campo Redondo - São Pedro da Aldeia -- Rio de Janeiro

"As much as science advances, much remains to be discovered about Saturn and its moons. In October, Cassini will image a full day of Saturn, a close-up of Rhea, and images of Titan, Enceladus and Tethys...." + Read More


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Kevin Accioly Kamada

Colégio Sagrado Coração de Jesus
Campinas – São Paulo

"I am contacting you, because I was really excited about the explorations made ??with Cassini-Huygens approaches Titan in Saturn's orbit. I learned of the existence of liquid material at the south pole of the satellite, something like methane and ethane if I remember correctly." + Read More


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Robson Eduardo de Freitas Pereira
Waldeir Mendes Freitas


Escola M. Olavo Alves Saldanha Filho – Campos dos Goytacazes -- Rio de Janeiro

"Titan is the second largest moon in the Solar System. There is methane gas in it and there are lakes that could be frozen so cold it is. We chose it because it is very interesting, because it is the second largest moon, and the lakes that could be explored to see if you have something useful to the world." + Read More




GREECE


Golfis Konstantinos, Michael Angelos Manaras and George Paraskevopoulos




Golfis Konstantinos, Michael Angelos Manaras and George Paraskevopoulos

Byron Elementary School
CITY:


"Our group proposes to study the moon Rhea because we believe that it is not fully explored and there are still many unknown angles and esoteric items to be discovered. "  + Read More


Michael Barberis



Michael Barberis


High School of Perama



"In this beautiful world with great opposition, hidden secrets, the constant surprises reminiscent of science fiction scenarios I will try to convince NASA to focus once again its scientific interest and Cassini to spend one more day of rapid surprises ... "  + Read More


Ioannis Lagoudakos



Ioannis Lagoudakos



" Cassini will bring new data to humanity and will be honored as one of the best spacecraft. The goal that I chose is the most appropriate for investigating the most important and largest moon of Saturn and two other moons. "  + Read More


Penelope Mageira


Penelope Mageira




" Rhea could be a snowball that has created a child to play snowball fight with friends, though of course it was a little smaller! It is one of the few satellites that look like a ball of hail, because its surface is covered by ice."  + Read More


Konstantina-Maria Fotopoulou



Maria-Konstantina Fotopoulou

High School Class of Maroussi
Maroussi



" Titan is of great interest from a geological point of view. Despite its great distance from Earth appears to be another element that unites them: dunes formed by wind. "  + Read More


Tsiadis Eleytherios



Tsiadis Eleftherios




"The two main theories suggested regarding Saturn’s interior rotation period, were that solar
winds affected the magnetic field of Saturn, which emitted radio waves in different periods,
and, secondly, that the geysers of Enceladus affected the magnetic field of Saturn causing
the same result."  + Read More




NEW ZEALAND


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Soma Csepcsenyi
Green Bay High School
Auckland, New Zealand

"I believe the best target for observation and imaging for the Cassini probe is the moons; Titan, Tethys and Enceladus. I believe this as the capabilities of the Cassini probe suit the observation and imaging of these targets better then the other targets at this time"  + Read More


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Jacob Neville-Smith, Danyon Lee Wells and Katherine Elenore Gibson
Green Bay high School
Auckland, New Zealand

"Perhaps of most importance to science, is the possibility of life on Titan. Titan has a large variety of organic compounds that are considered necessary for life formation. A flyby of the Cassini probe may be able to reveal conclusively whether or not Titan has any amino acids, or even nucleotides out of which life as we know it could have arisen. + Read More



PANAMA


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Beatriz Licona

Grade: 10th
Colegio Brader, Panamá



"Target number two is the opportunity that can provide us with more information as this can give us two or more types of different interpretations of the moons and the planet itself."  + Read More


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Guillermo Espino

Grade: 11th
Instituto Fermín Naudeau, Panamá



"I think Titan, this huge moon, deserves our attention, because we could learn how the Earth was in its infancy, as it resembles it in its first steps towards the formation of life."  + Read More



PORTUGAL


Inês Azevedo da Costa

Inês Azevedo da Costa

Chaves


"Rhea is Saturn's second largest moon and its biggest middle-sized frozen satellite. It has no atmosphere, but its density (1.233g/cm3) suggests it is made up of 25 percent rock and 75 percent water ice, making it a target for the search for life."  + Read More











ROMANIA


Diaconu Ştefan

Diaconu Ştefan
Mihai Eminescu National High School
Iași

"Is there a man to be indifferent when the endless vault of the sky with mysterious stars blinking to the slippy face of the Earth?
"  + Read More

Sky Team: Bianca Neagoe, Dan Niculae and Rares Nicoara

Bianca Neagoe, Dan Niculae and Rares Nicoara
Tudor Vianu National High School of Computer Science
Bucharest

"Lured by the brilliance of the 'jewels,' the Cassini spacecraft is orbiting in the neighborhood of Lord Saturn and sends information and pictures about it, about the rings over which it dominates and about its precious jewels. + Read More


Cîrstea Daria Andreea

Cîrstea Daria Andreea

"Regina Maria" Secondary School
Sibiu

"Watching the empty screen in the Command and Control Center at the NASA mission, commander Jones hoped to be successful. The decision belonged to him: The Cassini Spacelab was going to fly across the Saturn planet, to send data, measurements, but especially to send images of the gas giant. + Read More


Nicolae Alexandra-Maria and Cornici Lavinia-Parascheva

Nicolae Alexandra-Maria and Cornici Lavinia-Parascheva
National College "Mihai Eminescu"
Iasi

"Saturn was the time of the ancient Greeks, a titan feared and the father of Zeus himself. In its vastness, a very strongly god who dominates our solar system, being wrapped up in gase. Hydrogen says his word seriously in the composition of the 'jacket' wrapping its essence, leaving less room for helium and other gas. + Read More


Aura Ganciu

Aura Ganciu
Mihai Eminescu National High School
Iasi

"Some time ago there were no city lights to hide the stars. Everyone could see and admire them. Some curios nerds even studied them. It took them some time to realize that the sky is not a black huge sphere, with hundreds of thousands of 'holes' through which the eternal fire penetrates. + Read More


Bureschi Andreea

Bureschi Andreea
High School: Cuza Voda, No. 5 Secondary School
Galati

"For me, a passionate student of astronomy, it is an exciting opportunity to be able to live just for a day the experience of deciding the path and the scientific mission of the spacecraft Cassini. With the help of this 'messenger' of humanity we could get a lot of new information, thus succeeding in finding out more about the mysteries of the giant gas planet Saturn and its moons. + Read More


Botez Ilinca-Cezara

Botez Ilinca-Cezara
Mihai Eminescu National High School
Iasi

"It was a wonderful summer night and I was watching the starry dark-velvet sky embroidered with million of diamonds. I was fascinated and at the same time curious to find out the secrets of the celestial bodies. I had learned a few things about the planets of the solar system, but I was fascinated by Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun and the second biggest in size... + Read More


Horneţ Laurenţiu

Horneţ Laurenţiu
Economical High School
Mangalia

"Saturn have one of the strangest mysteries of the Solar System. It is located at the north pole of the planet and is shaped like a hexagon with sides perfectly even... + Read More


Radu Iordache, Catalin Munteanu-Ene and Cosmin Ion

Radu Iordache, Catalin Munteanu-Ene and Cosmin Ion
Tudor Vianu National High School of Computer Science
Bucharest

"One interesting observation regarding Rhea is that the mass obtained through calculations is much lower than the one estimated using on the moon's volume. This indicates a particularly low density, possibly due to the presence of a high content of water ice in its core, beneath the rocky surface. + Read More


Bancu Alice Gardus, Ioana-Diana Sofian and Iulia Alexandra

Bancu Alice, Gardus Ioana-Diana and Sofian Iulia Alexandra
"Tudor Vianu" National Highschool of Computer Science
Bucharest

"What can there be more challenging than to discover the secrets of the frozen Titan, where the temperature maintains itself at -200 degrees? The planet has been considered 'the twin' of the earth since billions of years ago, and Cassini has travelled through the Milky Way to get samples. + Read More


Alexandru Milu, Alexandru Tanase, Iulian Ionascu and Liviu Copoiu

Alexandru Milu, Alexandru Tanase, Iulian Ionascu and Liviu Copoiu
Tudor Vianu National High School of Computer Science
Bucharest

"From our point of view, the Cassini mission should focus on Saturn's evolution for a day. The main reason is that the rotation time of the planet around its axis is not well determined -- the measurements vary. + Read More





TURKEY


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Ekrem SUNGUR
Teacher Advisor: Mrs. Muge OZGONUL
Istanbul


"I think the Target 3 is the best choice to search about Saturn and it is more scientific. In this target, we can measure the speed of rotation and we can have a proof that speed of rotation of a planet increase when the distance between the Sun and the planet increase."  + Read More


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Emre ORHAN
10th Grade
Istanbul

" Target 2 holds key for the humanity with unexpected investigation and discoveries which can provide radical developments in both Astrophysics and Physics. We should accelerate the researches about Titan and this is a huge opportunity that we should not waste."  + Read More


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Mavi Deniz Kocak
Grade: 10
Istanbul

"Scientist observed life forms on Earth that live in places wherethe sun doesn't shine and there is not oxygen, no photosynthesis takes place. This shows that there can be a simple living organisms in Enceladus. Simple organisms can live in Titan too. + Read More




UNITED KINGDOM & IRELAND



Finn Bradley

Finn Bradley
Limerick Educate Together National School
Dublin, Ireland

"Rhea's surface can be divided into two geologically different areas based on crater density. The first area contains craters which are larger than 40 Km in diameter, the second area which is the area of the poles and equator, has craters under 40 Km diameter. This might indicate that a major resurfacing event occurred sometime during its formation. + Read More


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Johannes Wullenweber
Ardingly College
West Sussex, England

"Rhea has long been overlooked as one of the least interesting of Saturn's moons. It doesn't have Titan's Earth-like features, Enceladus' cryovolcanoes or Hyperion's Swiss-cheese texture, but seems to be a rather lifeless, dull world. However, surprising observations during Cassini's close flybys in 2005 and 2010 revealed a series of mysterious, fascinating questions that show: It is worth to examine Saturn's second largest moon closer!"  + Read More


Wong Ting Fung

Wong Ting Fung
Ardingly College
West Sussex, England

"The materials from cryovolcanic plumes might be the source of particles of Saturn's E ring, and the oxygen required in Titan's atmosphere. An image at target 2 will help determine the composition of Saturn's ring and the destination of Enceladus' water plumes. + Read More




VENEZUELA


Luis Rodriguez, George Miquilena, JulioCesar Sanchez, Nayciray Valbuena and Ernesto Gomez


Luis Rodriguez, George Miquilena, JulioCesar Sanchez, Nayciray Valbuena and Ernesto Gomez
Club the Astronomia Los Robles
Maracaibo, State of Zulia


"Another important objective of Cassini in Titan, is the study of minerals, and the large amount of hydrocarbon that Titan contains. Maybe someday it may be useful for mankind, serving as energy suppliers to a colony, or space probes."  + Read More+ Read More


Luis Garcis Teran, Maria Jose Garcia, Melissa Romero, Jesus Romero and  Joseangel Reyes

Luis Garcis Teran, Maria Jose Garcia, Melissa Romero, Jesus Romero and Joseangel Reyes
Teacher Advisor: Ing. Lissette Teran
Maracaibo, State of Zulia

"The 15th century astronomer Giovanni Cassini never imagined when viewing the sky in 1672 the gas giant Saturn surrounded by his royal court represented by their moons, would lead a mysterious trip that would open a wealth of information to humanity about the complex phenomena surrounding the formation of planets and their moons."  + Read More


Jonar Cubillan, Isabel Faccini, Patricia Nava and Ana Nava

Jonar Cubillan, Isabel Faccini, Patricia Nava and Ana Nava

Maracaibo, State of Zulia

"Titan is an extraordinarily abundant organic compound world. Probably the liquid hydrocarbon content of this moon in the form of seas and Lakes is hundreds of times superior to the one of all the reserves of natural Earth petroleum and gas?"  + Read More