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Cassini Project Scientist
Welcome to the 2015 edition of the Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest.
My name is Linda Spilker and I am the Cassini Project Scientist.
Part of my job is to work with over 300 scientists to plan and collect the best possible science
throughout the Cassini mission.
Our scientists carefully plan and discuss which targets they will study.
And when scientists want to look at two different targets at the same time,
I help referee their discussions and help them decide which target is the best for Cassini to image.
The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest is YOUR chance to tell us where you think
Cassini's cameras should be pointed during its upcoming observations.
The science planning team has designed three possible observations for you to choose from.
Target #1 is Saturn's rings and three of Saturn's moons: Tethys, Enceladus, and Mimas.
Target #2 is Jupiter as seen from about a billion miles away.
Target #3 is a short video of Saturn's moon Tethys passing behind Rhea, another one of Saturn's moons.
My colleagues Sonia, Estelle and Morgan will be discussing why you should pick THEIR favorite target.
Each one has its own scientific merits, so please tell us which one you think is best, and why you think so.
Thank you very much for joining our contest, and good luck with your essays!