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Jewel of Our Solar System
Adorned with thousands of beautiful ringlets, Saturn is unique among the planets. All four gas giant planets have rings -- made of chunks of ice and rock -- but none are as spectacular or as complicated as Saturn's. Like the other gas giants, Saturn is mostly a massive ball of hydrogen and helium.

 Explore Saturn in 3D Videos Activities

How Much Rock is in an Icy Moon? (Teacher Page)
Body: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

Short Description: In order to determine the percentages of rock and ice in a number of the satellites (moons) of the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto), students construct a graph of the amount of rock versus the density of the moon, using a simple equation. They then determine the percentage of rock from the densities of several moons and enter the answers in a table.

How to Make a Saturn Model
Body: Saturn
Mission: Cassini (Saturn)

Short Description: Students create a model of Saturn using discarded CDs.

Mars Pathfinder: Egg Drop and Landing
Topic: Modeling Solar System Objects
Body: Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Asteroids, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Comets, Kuiper Belt & Oort Cloud, Earth's Moon, Pluto
Mission: Mars Pathfinder (Mars)

Short Description: Design, build, and test a system for landing on the surface of Mars without breaking the cargo, an egg.

Measuring Solar Activity
Topic: Light and Spectra
Body: Our Solar System, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Asteroids, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Comets, Kuiper Belt & Oort Cloud

Short Description: Measuring Solar Activity is a multi-part exercise in math and physics for high school students and above. Students will learn graphing, pattern recognition by looking at satellite images and 250 years worth of data, making predictions, and recognizing spacial relationships.

Methane Lakes on Titan
Topic: Size and Scale
Body: Saturn
Mission: Cassini (Saturn)

Short Description: Students use a recent Cassini radar image of the surface of Titan to estimate how much methane is present in the lakes that fill the image, and compare the volume to that of the fresh water lake (Lake Tahoe).

Short Description: This PDF contains four lessons:

1) Modeling Orbits in the Solar System. This lesson models the orbital distances between the planets and shows that the solar system is mostly empty space.

2) Modeling Sizes of Planets. This lesson compares the relative sizes of the planets to those of familiar fruits and vegetables. It also uses size to calculate density and planet composition.

3) Looking Inside Planets. This lesson involves modeling the interior structures of the planets and shows that the solid cores of the gas giants are similar in size to the Earth or Venus.

4) Search for A Habitable Planet. This lesson looks at the characteristics of planets that make them livable, their temperature, and compositions of atmosphere and surface instead of size
or orbit.

Mud Splat Craters
Topic: Planetary Surface Processes
Body: Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Asteroids, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Comets, Kuiper Belt & Oort Cloud, Earth's Moon, Pluto

Short Description: Observe crater formation in mud to introduce the idea of fluidized craters as seen on the surface of Mars.

People of the Cassini Team
Body: Saturn
Mission: Cassini (Saturn)

Short Description: Profiles of people who work on the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan.

Reading, Writing and Rings (Main Portal)
Body: Our Solar System, Saturn
Mission: Cassini (Saturn)

Short Description: These activities blend the excitement of space exploration with reading and writing. Activities are available for Grades 1-2 and Grades 3-4.

Reading, Writing and Rings!: (Gr 1-2) #10 Awesome Saturn
Topic: Life
Body: Saturn
Mission: Cassini (Saturn)

Short Description: Students generate a word list, then create one or more poems about Saturn. This series introduces science into a reading and writing curriculum.

How Much Rock is in an Icy Moon? (Teacher Page)
Body: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

Short Description: In order to determine the percentages of rock and ice in a number of the satellites (moons) of the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto), students construct a graph of the amount of rock versus the density of the moon, using a simple equation. They then determine the percentage of rock from the densities of several moons and enter the answers in a table.

How to Make a Saturn Model
Body: Saturn
Mission: Cassini (Saturn)

Short Description: Students create a model of Saturn using discarded CDs.

Mars Pathfinder: Egg Drop and Landing
Topic: Modeling Solar System Objects
Body: Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Asteroids, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Comets, Kuiper Belt & Oort Cloud, Earth's Moon, Pluto
Mission: Mars Pathfinder (Mars)

Short Description: Design, build, and test a system for landing on the surface of Mars without breaking the cargo, an egg.

Measuring Solar Activity
Topic: Light and Spectra
Body: Our Solar System, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Asteroids, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Comets, Kuiper Belt & Oort Cloud

Short Description: Measuring Solar Activity is a multi-part exercise in math and physics for high school students and above. Students will learn graphing, pattern recognition by looking at satellite images and 250 years worth of data, making predictions, and recognizing spacial relationships.

Methane Lakes on Titan
Topic: Size and Scale
Body: Saturn
Mission: Cassini (Saturn)

Short Description: Students use a recent Cassini radar image of the surface of Titan to estimate how much methane is present in the lakes that fill the image, and compare the volume to that of the fresh water lake (Lake Tahoe).

Short Description: This PDF contains four lessons:

1) Modeling Orbits in the Solar System. This lesson models the orbital distances between the planets and shows that the solar system is mostly empty space.

2) Modeling Sizes of Planets. This lesson compares the relative sizes of the planets to those of familiar fruits and vegetables. It also uses size to calculate density and planet composition.

3) Looking Inside Planets. This lesson involves modeling the interior structures of the planets and shows that the solid cores of the gas giants are similar in size to the Earth or Venus.

4) Search for A Habitable Planet. This lesson looks at the characteristics of planets that make them livable, their temperature, and compositions of atmosphere and surface instead of size
or orbit.

Mud Splat Craters
Topic: Planetary Surface Processes
Body: Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Asteroids, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Comets, Kuiper Belt & Oort Cloud, Earth's Moon, Pluto

Short Description: Observe crater formation in mud to introduce the idea of fluidized craters as seen on the surface of Mars.

People of the Cassini Team
Body: Saturn
Mission: Cassini (Saturn)

Short Description: Profiles of people who work on the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan.

Reading, Writing and Rings (Main Portal)