Cassini Scientist for a Day Contest

Artist's view of Cassini approaching Saturn
The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in a 500-word essay. Teaming up is encouraged. Winners will participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists.
The contest is open to all students in the United States from grades 5-12, working alone or in groups of up to four students. The essays will be divided into three groups: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All submissions must be students’ original work. Each student can submit only one entry.
Deadline for Fall 2010 submissions is
noon Pacific time (3 p.m. EDT) on Oct. 27, 2010.

If you have questions about this contest, e-mail your inquiries to

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