Contest Rules

•Deadline: Essay contest entries must be received by 31st of December 2010, at 12:00 midnight local time

•This contest is open to all students in Sri Lanka who are in grades 5 to 13

•Students can work individually or in teams of up to four students.

•All submissions must be students' original work. Entries containing plagiarized material will be disqualified.

•Each student may submit only one entry.

•Essays which are longer than 500 words will be disqualified.

•The names and contact information will not be included in the word count for the 500-word essay.

•Use only plain text (no images or attachments). Attachments will not be accepted.

•Communication skills are an important part of being a scientist. Spelling and grammar will be considered in addition to the ideas expressed in the essay.

•An entry can be made either in Sinhalese or English and there will be separate contests for both mediums.

•Essays will be divided into three age groups and there will be a winner for each age group, leading to 6 winners when it comes to both mediums.

-Grades 5 to 6
-Grades 7 to 8
-Grades 9 to 13

•Write an essay (500 words maximum) explaining which one of the three possible imaging targets you think is most interesting, and explain why.


1) You can submit the essay online at
2) You can mail the essay to

Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest – Sri Lanka,
No. 46, Mihindu Mawata, Mawittara, Piliyandala

•The topic of the essay: Target 1, Rhea; Target 2, Titan, Tethys and Enceladus; Target 3, Saturn

•The winning students will be invited to raise questions directly from Cassini scientists plus every entry will be issued a certificate of participation.

•The decision of the judges is final.

•Participants agree to assign copyright to JPL so that JPL and NASA can post the essays, as excerpts or in their entirety, on NASA Web sites, along with the authors' name, grade, school, city.

•Once winners are selected, they will be contacted and asked to provide their photographs. Parents/guardians must submit written authorization to let us post the photos online.

Thank you for your interest in the Cassini mission, and good luck with your essays -- Look forward to hearing from you!