The Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest is open to all grade 5-12 students in the United States.
Students may work alone or in groups of up to four students. They write an essay of up to 500 words about one of three possible imaging targets (Saturn's small moon, Pan; Saturn's F Ring, or Saturn and its Rings) that the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn can take this fall. Students justify their choice as to which they think would potentially yield the best science.
Winners are invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website.
The contest deadline is Oct. 24, 2012 at noon, PDT. Teachers must submit their students' essays online.
Download a flyer about the contest at: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/files/FLYER_2012_508.pdf
The URL for the Cassini Scientist for a Day website is: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday11thedition/
Send inquiries about the contest to: http://firstname.lastname@example.org