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Cassini Scientist for a Day

Cassini Scientist for a Day

An Essay Contest For Students in Grade 5 to 12



Rayhan Ahmed, Zach Robinson, Malia Braiedy, Isabella Davenport, Jacob Yim, Emily Lee, Max Marsh, Ashley Wallach, Maximilian Strom Carey, and BJ Covington
From left: Rayhan Ahmed, Zach Robinson, Malia Braiedy, Isabella Davenport, Jacob Yim, Emily Lee, Max Marsh, Ashley Wallach, Maximilian Strom Carey, and BJ Covington. Click on the image to read the winning essays.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2015-16 Cassini essay contest

Students in grades 5-12 wrote essays about Saturn's rings and moons, a special opportunity for Cassini to image Jupiter, and an occultation of Saturn's rings Rhea and Tethys. Winners and their classes will be speaking with Cassini scientists via videoconferences in early May.

+ Read the Winning Essays

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and are tasked to choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in essay. The contest meets U.S. National English and Science Education Standards.



Target 1: Rings and Moons
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday2015/target2
Target 3: Rhea and Tethys
Click on the image to download the flyer (PDF, 495 KB).


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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