Team Bike Masters

Year: 2015-16

Grade: 7-8

City: Maracaibo

Teachers: Alexis Mavarez, Carlos Avila


Target: Jupiter

Team members:

Diego Leon (team leader) Liceo Los Robles
Carlos Rodriguez Liceo Los Robles
Valeria Guerra (team leader) Mater Salvatoris
Maria Alejandra Guillen Altamira School
Carlos Coll Liceo Los Robles
Salvatore Lonigro Liceo los Robles
Miguel Bojola (team leader) Liceo Los Robles
Juan Francisco Paz Liceo Los Robles
Miguel Bortolini (team leader) Liceo Los Robles

"Of all the planets yet discovered in this and other solar systems in this galaxy, our favorite is gas giant Jupiter, for its amazing size and notable array of moons and rings. We have read in the NASA web sites of similar planets discovered in other solar systems, so this would be a good chance to develop optical methods to study distant gas giants.

Its so peculiar how Jupiter's moons behave and how different their characteristics are. We think Jupiter's atmosphere is most intriguing, it has such an amazing variety of gases, chemical components and minerals, making it a formidable target for distant observation plus a bookmark suggestion for an exploration by some short of non tripulated zeppelin. Its atmospheric pressure varies with depth, making it an amazing mixture of densities, components and physical phenomena.

We saw a very interesting tv program called Cosmos, hosted by the long-departed and most famous Dr. Carl Sagan. In the program, Dr. Sagan pondered and wondered if in the different densities of Saturn or Jupiter's clouds could some type of air floating medusa be living.

The theories of Jupiter's creation amaze us, specially the one related to possibly being a unborn star whose formation couldn't be completed due to its sever lack of more mass. To our team, Jupiter resembles a mini solar system, with amazing moons such as Io and Europa, were perhaps, just perhaps, some underwater living form could possibly exist?* as Dr. Neil deGrasseThyson suggested in the most recent of the Cosmos series.

On Jupiter, storms are so peculiar, specially the radio emission storms. We wonder what different features could be detected by photographing it from a Saturnian distance, specially with different color filters!

We wonder if by photographing Jupiter in different color filters, some physical variation could be detected due to its unusual temperature variations and dramatic storms.

What a chance to practice gas giant observation from Saturnian distances. Let's give it a good try.

We think NASA had a great idea by suggesting an examination of Jupiter in this such different form! We suggest a constant photographical watch should be endured on Jupiter whenever Cassini is not observing any near by saturnian moons or Saturn itself."

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