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International Edition Winners - 2013: Romania, Target 3, Grade 5-6

International Edition Winners - 2013: Romania, Target 3, Grade 5-6

Target 3, Saturn
R?ducanu Ioana Adriana
Răducanu Ioana Adriana


Teacher: Nadia Dumitraşcu

School: Şcoala Gimnazială “Federico Garcia Lorca”

City: Bucharest

"One day during the classes of physics I learned about the Cassini spacecraft and its mission and I wanted to explore this amazing world of Saturn. I have recently found out that it rains with diamonds on Saturn, very suitable for a planet with rings and this information has convinced me that the planet is particularly interesting and worth the effort of a study. I started the study with images and data transmitted from the Cassini spacecraft than I imagined that I was a part of that mission’s team and this is what I came out with.

I found out that Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest in the Solar System after Jupiter. It is named after the Roman God, Saturn, Jupiter’s father. The temperature on its surface is very low but Saturn has a hot core that radiating more energy than it receives from the Sun. The heat radiated could be captured and could save any "inhabitants” from energy lacks.

Saturn is considered to be a gas giant. So how would we express "standing?" Saturn’s atmosphere is usually calm, though I would like to clear the mystery of the vortices that form that perfect hexagon at the North Pole. Maybe a certain form of life builds them. But nothing compares to the hail on the Saturn! Grains of ice from Earth, on Saturn seem like diamonds. Here is what I think it happens: when lightning into the containing methane atmosphere soot (coal, so carbon) is formed and as it falls, because of the increasing pressure, it turns into diamonds...only they have to be caught until reaching the hot core that would melt them. Could Cassini capture a diamond rain and if Sun would rise how the rainbow would be on Saturn?

I wish Cassini spacecraft discovered microscopic forms of life. I suppose if it entered into the atmosphere of Saturn would be drawn by the immense gravity and would land. Even if they’d take some samples, probably would not be able to return with them to Earth.

I’m thinking that somewhere in Saturn’s atmosphere temperatures and its composition make life possible, because in our country (Romania), extremofiles have been discovered and they can live deep into the Earth feeding themselves with sulphur and living in very hostile conditions, I have also found out that recently discovered bacteria feed with the plastic from thrown bottles into the major oceans of our planet. I wonder if on Saturn could be microorganisms that can live in the harsh conditions of the planet’s surface.

I have my expectations from the Cassini mission and maybe we will discover that the planet has many hidden secrets until now and it doesn’t show all that it can.

Now I realized that the teamwork of the researchers is extremely interesting, and everything is a story with an unexpecting end."

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  • Cassini Scientist for a Day -- Students get involved
  • Cassini Raw Images