Seventeen Romanian students out of a total of over 1,000 young Europeans were selected as winners of the ”Cassini – Scientist for a Day” spatial science competition.
According to a press release of the Romanian Space Agency, the ” Cassini – Scientist for a Day” competition was organized by the European Space Agency (ESA) – the body of which Romania is a full member since 2011 – being addressed to European school students.
Participants were invited to explore three possible targets for Cassini spatial mission: Saturn planet, its natural moon „Pan” or its ” F” ring and to argue which of the three objectives would provide the most relevant scientific results.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is an international project of ESA, NASA and of the Italian Space Agency, designed to study the planet Saturn, as well as its rings and natural satellites.
Cassini entered the orbit around Saturn in 2004, after a journey of nearly seven years, and in 2005 the Huygens probe landed on the surface of the Titan satellite, the largest moon of Saturn. The Cassini mission will continue until 2017, going to end two decades after the launch.