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Scientist for a Day - 10th Edition

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Congratulations to All Essay Contest Winners!

The Cassini team wants to send a huge "Thank you!" to all those who participated in the 10th edition of the Cassini Scientist for a Day contest in the U.S. and abroad.

Meet the authors whose essays were judged to be the best in the country as reviewed by Cassini team members. Then read their entries and see what it took to come out on top.

We are now working on finding targets for yet another edition of the contest – tentatively scheduled for September 2012. Stay tuned!

+ Meet the Winners of the 2011 U.S. Contest

+ Meet the Winners of the 2011 International Contest

From left, Hyperion, Rhea and Titan, and Saturn
The three topics for the 2011 essay contest were: 1. Hyperion; 2. Rhea and Titan, 3. Saturn. The targets for the 2012 edition will be announced in the Summer
Ota Lutz and Linda Spilker
The winners of the U.S. competition and their classes were invited to a series of live videoconferences that spanned classrooms across the country. The students took turns asking questions, and they got real-time answers from Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker (seen here on the right) and her colleagues, Todd Barber and Jo Pitesky. Ota Lutz (seen here on the left) moderated.


Scientists Have Their Day

Students from schools throughout the U.S. peppered a panel of top Cassini scientists with questions on Saturn, its rings and moons. Leading the panel, on Dec 7, 2010, was Amanda Hendrix, Cassini deputy scientist. She was assisted by Kevin Baines, a JPL Principal Scientist with extensive experience in planetary exploration, and Rosaly Lopes, a world-famous planetary geologist and volcanologist.

The event has been recorded, and is available on Ustream.

+ Watch the Webcast (1 hour)

♦ The 2009 edition of the Ustream event is also available on Ustream.

+ Watch the 2009 Webcast (63 minutes)

From left, Ota Lutz, Amanda Hendrix, Kevin Baines and Rosaly Lopes
Ota Lutz facilitates discussion with Amanda Hendrix, Kevin Baines and Rosaly Lopes as they field questions from students around the world.

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