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NASA Contests for Students: Cassini Scientist for a Day Contest & The Fundamental Aeronautics Student Competition

By SpaceRef Editor
October 7, 2008
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Fall 2008 Cassini Scientist for a Day Contest

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants are challenged to examine three target images taken by Cassini and choose the one that they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be explained in a 500-word essay.

The contest is open to all students in the United States from grades 5-12, working alone or in groups of up to four students. The essays will be divided into three groups: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All submissions must be students’ original work. Each student can submit only one entry.

Deadline for submission is Oct. 30, 2008. For more information, visit If you have questions about this contest, please e-mail your inquiries to

2008-2009 Fundamental Aeronautics Student Competition

The Fundamental Aeronautics Program has announced its new competition for the academic year. Students from high school grades through graduate school are invited to research and design a small supersonic airliner that could enter service in the next decade. The competition has two divisions: High School and College/University. Teams or individuals may enter either contest, and the program encourages interdisciplinary partnerships.

High school participants must be enrolled in an accredited high school, secondary school or home school. For the high school division, a notice of intent is requested by Dec. 15, 2008. Final projects are due March 15, 2009.

Undergraduate and graduate participants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university. For the college and university division, a notice of intent is requested by Jan. 15, 2009. Final papers are due April 30, 2009.

International students may participate, but they are not eligible for certain prizes.

For more information about the contest, visit . Questions about the contest should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Ward at .

SpaceRef staff editor.