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Winners Target 1: Rhea -- 2010 U.S. Edition

Winners Target 1: Rhea -- 2010 U.S. Edition


Cameron Smith


Grade 5 and 6

Cameron Smith

Highland School
Warrenton, Va.


"Rhea has many interesting things that we still need to learn. The biggest debate is whether or not Rhea has rings. If it does, it would be the only body other than planets to have rings. The reason for the debate is because a previous Cassini experiment showed data that made scientists believe that Rhea has rings. However, Cassini’s most recent flyby did not show visible rings where scientists thought they would be. It is important to send Cassini to target 1 to solve this mystery."

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Isabelle Morrissey

Grade 7 and 8

Isabelle Morrisey

Homeschool
New Milford, Conn.


"Scientists have discovered interesting geological features on Rhea. By using Cassini’s pictures, they have found that Rhea’s surface has two different physical characteristics. One part of Rhea’s surface has many large craters, while its other side has vivid, airy markings. This implies that a major resurfacing may have occurred during Rhea’s development."

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Grade 9 to 12

Hillary Fischer

Beatrice High School
Beatrice, Neb.


"Another reason why Rhea is such an interesting target to choose is that Rhea is unusually light for its size. Its density is 1.233 times that of liquid which leads scientists to believe that it is three-fourths water. Where did the water come from? How did it turn into a spherical figure that orbits Saturn? No one knows what the core of Rhea is made up of."

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Hillary Fischer