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International Edition Winners - 2013: Romania, Target 3, Grade 7-8

International Edition Winners - 2013: Romania, Target 3, Grade 7-8

Target 3, Saturn
Ionescu Eduard, Șerban Alexandru, Grigorescu Ștefan, Păduraru Răducu

Grade: 7-8

Teacher: Carmen Antonescu

School: Liceul de Arte "Balasa Doamna"

City: Targoviste

"If you were to ask an amateur or a professional astronomer why is he is excited about the space, this would be your answer: 'Because I saw Saturn through a telescope for the first time!'

The most important question when studying the planets is: 'Can life be maintained here?' or 'Is there a danger that this planet might pose to space or planet Earth?'

Saturn is one of the eight planets of the solar system, specifically the sixth planet, as distance from the sun. It is, however, the second largest after Jupiter, with a diameter of nearly nine times bigger than Earth’s one. Due to its composition (hydrogen and helium), life on Saturn cannot be maintained or developed. Recently, however, it was discovered that one of the moons of Saturn, Dione is not a completely frozen body as it was thought initially; on the contrary, it seems that it shows volcanic activity. Not long before this discovery, the scientists claimed that oxygen was detected around Dione. If Dione would be so hot areas where ice could be melted, then this can only be an amazing discovery that will bring a new level of scientific progress.

Saturn has in its possession a system of rings composed mainly of particles of dust and ice. It is the first planet whose mass volume is lower water’s. In my opinion, this means that if someone placed Saturn in an ocean, it would definitely float.

Additionally, U.S.A. researchers have concluded that the surface of Saturn it rains diamonds, which then turn into an ocean of liquid diamonds because of the temperatures at the ground level.

All these findings make me think that in a context like ours, the one of scarcity of resources, could we someday use the resources that these planets host and are not being used? Because there is no life on this planet according to our information and humanity might need them more than ever to survive and perpetuate."

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