2015-2016 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

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Cassini is a robotic spacecraft orbiting planet Saturn. It was launched on 15th October 1997 and reached the orbit of Saturn on 1st July 2004. On 25th December 2004, Huygens Titan probe (now on the surface of Titan, a moon of Saturn) separated from the spacecraft and reached Titan on 14th January 2005.
Cassini Mission is a joint effort of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), European Space Agency (ESA) and Italian Space Agency (ASI). The mission is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
Students are invited to choose one of these topics and write an essay about why they think this image should be taken by the Cassini spacecraft. What questions do they hope will be answered by taking this picture?

There are three essay topics to choose from:
Target 1. Saturn’s rings and three moons: Tethys, Enceladus, and Mimas
Target 2. Jupiter, as seen from a billion miles away
Target 3. Saturn’s moon, Tethys, passing behind Rhea (27-frame movie)

Cassini Mission

All students who write essays will receive a certificate of participation.

February 26, 2016


» The 2015-16 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12.
» The contest deadline is Friday, February 26, 2016.
» All essays must be submitted by the student’s teacher (or parent, if homeschooled). If the essay contest is used as a class assignment, please send the top 3 essays from each class, along with a list of other students who wrote essays for the contest.
» All students who write essays will receive a certificate of participation.
» U.S. winners and their classes will be invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists. U.S. and international winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website.
» You may submit your entry to scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov

For questions about the contest or to sign up for the contest’s email distribution list, email scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov

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