October 3, 2011 — Will it be Hyperion, the largest known irregular body in the Solar System; Rhea and Titan, two of Saturn’s most interesting moons; or the planet Saturn itself?
In September, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft took images of those three targets. And now you can enter an essay contest explaining which target will provide the best science. The winners and their classmates get the chance to participate in a teleconference, videoconference, or webcast question-and-answer session with scientists from NASA’s Cassini mission.
The contest is open to students in grades 5-12, working alone or in groups of up to four students. The essays will be divided into three groups: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All submissions must be the students' original work. Each student may submit only one entry, and all entrants will receive a certificate of participation.
Students must submit their entries online no later than noon PDT on October 26. Winning essays will also be posted on the Cassini website. To view the 2010 winning entries, click here.
About dozen other countries are also running parallel essay contests. Click here to see if your country is participating.
Questions about the contest can be sent to email@example.com
NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Hyperion on August 25, 2011.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
The Biggest Saturnian Moons Rhea and Titan. Photo credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute