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Cassini Scientist for a Day


Deadline: Entries must be received via e-mail by Midnight Pacific Standard Time on Nov. 15, 2007.

This opportunity is open to all students in the United States who are in grades 5 to 12.

Essays will be divided in two groups: grade 5 to 8 and 9 to 12.

Write an essay (500 words maximum) explaining which one of the four possible imaging targets you chose, and explain why.

Send your entry by e-mail to:

In the subject field , enter:

Your chosen target, dash, the name of your school, dash, the name of your city and state.

e.g. :

Target 2 - James Middle School - Houston, TX

Entries must be submitted by a teacher or parent. Include point-of-contact, with the teacher’s name, e-mail address, and phone number including area code, and school name and address, so we can contact you.

Include the name(s) and grade(s) of all students who contributed to the essay being submitted. Do not include direct contact information for students under age 18. The names and contact information will NOT be included in the word count for the 500-word essay.

Students can work alone or in teams of up to four students. All submissions must be students’ original work. Each student can submit only one entry.

Use only plain text (no images or attachments) in the e-mail submission. Attachments will not be accepted.

Communication skills are an important part of being a scientist. Spelling and grammar will be considered, in addition to the ideas expressed in your essay.

The winning schools, and as many other schools as possible, will participate in a teleconference or videoconference with Cassini scientists (depending on the conferencing technology available at each school).

The decision of the judges is final.

Participants agree to assign copyright to JPL so that JPL and NASA can post the essays, as excerpts or in their entirety, on NASA Web site.