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Target 1: Rings and Moons

Target 1: Rings and Moons

Cassini Navigator

Hi everyone! My name is Sonia, and I am a Navigator for the Cassini spacecraft.
My job is to steer Cassini in the right direction as it orbits around Saturn and its moons.
I think we should point Cassini's camera to target number one.
On December third, Cassini will be in a perfect position to take an image of
Saturn's rings and three of Saturn's sixty-two moons: Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas.
I like target one because it includes a picture of Saturn's rings.
We know that Saturn's rings are made of ice, rock, and dust,
but we still don't know how old the rings really are.
Another reason why I like target number one is that we get to see Enceladus.
That is my favorite moon in the Saturn system.
Enceladus is a really mysterious body, covered by a thick layer of ice, with a salty liquid water ocean underneath the surface.
Can you imagine being able to ice skate on this moon?
Enceladus also shoots out water from under the surface, similarly to the geysers in Yellowstone National Park.
The ice particles that come from these geysers are actually creating a ring around Saturn, called the E ring.
By taking this picture we'll get a feel of just how complex and beautiful the Saturnian system really is.
I hope you like target number one, just as much as I do.
Good luck with your essay!