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Announcing NASA's 2013 Edition of the Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

 The Cassini spacecraft launched in October 1997 and has been orbiting Saturn since 2004.

 The 2013 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12.  Essays must be under 500 words.  

There are three essay topics to choose from: 

 1.  Saturn's moon, Iapetus

2.  Saturn's moon, Dione

3.  Saturn

 Students choose one of these topics and write an essay about why they think this image should be taken by the Cassini spacecraft.  What questions do they hope will be answered by taking this picture?

 The essay contest meets U.S. National Science and Language Arts Standards.

 For contest rules, videos about each essay topic, a downloadable contest flyer, frequently asked questions, and more information, visit:


The contest deadline is Friday, October 25, 2013.  All essays must be submitted by the student's teacher (or parent, if homeschooled).  If the essay contest is used as a class assignment, please send the top 3 essays from each class, along with a list of other students who wrote essays for the contest.

 All students who write essays will receive a certificate of participation.  U.S. winners and their classes will be invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists.  U.S. and international winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website.

We offer awards in Aerospace Outreach and Special Initiatives for projects that imbue our youngest Wisconsinites with an excitement for math, science and technology through projects involving aerospace. WSGC designs, creates and supports dozens of education programs every year, serving every level from K through adult and teacher education.

The links to the left provide information about the different opportunities available through WSGC.

All submitted proposals must align with the goals and objectives of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. To see the National Space Grant Strategic Plan, click here.

Additionally, by NASA requirement, every proposal funded through the WSGC must clearly demonstrate how its activities align with the goals of one or more NASA Directorates and/or Centers. Partnering with NASA Centers where appropriate is also strongly encouraged. For an overview of the goals of the NASA Directorates, click here. For an overview of the research emphases of the various NASA Centers, click here.