September 22, 2010

Be A ‘Scientist for a Day’ With The Cassini Mission

How do scientists decide what images the Cassini spacecraft should take of Saturn and its moons? Students have the opportunity to learn the scientific process when they enter Cassini's Scientist for a Day Essay Contest. The contest is for students in grades 5 through 12. The deadline for entries is Wed., Oct. 27, 2010, at noon Pacific Time.

Students will be presented with three scientifically interesting locations around Saturn or its moons for the Cassini spacecraft to capture. They will have to research each location and choose which image they think would yield the best scientific results. Each student must explain his or her choice in a 500-word essay. Winners participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

For more info, including videos about Saturn and its moons, visit: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday9thedition/ .

Questions can be sent to: [email protected] .