Topic 3: Europa: First seen by the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei inthis moon of Jupiter has more water under its icy crust than all of the oceans on Earth.
Ice plumes at the south pole of Enceladus - see image here 2. Parallel contests are being run in other countries around the world. Entries containing plagiarized material will be disqualified. Essays that are longer than words will be disqualified.
If you could send another spacecraft to explore your chosen moon in more detail, which of these three moons would you choose to visit? For a list of participating countries, visit the international pages.
The Cassini spacecraft flew through the plumes from these geysers in Which of these three targets would you choose? NASA does not currently have a funded mission scheduled to return to Enceladus, but there have been proposals recently to send a mission to Enceladus someday.
If you like, you can even tell us which science instruments you would put on the next spacecraft to help us learn even more. Use only plain text no images or attachments.
To enter the competition, students should study each of the three targets that Cassini has imaged and decide which one they think will yield the best science results. All three of these moons are interesting to astrobiologists, because they all contain liquid water oceans underneath their icy surfaces.
Communication skills are an important part of being a scientist.