Shrida Mittal, Ram Patel, and Tuba Ahmed
School: West Windsor Plainsboro High School South
Teacher: Danielle Bugge
City: West Windsor, New Jersey
"Throughout scientific history, researchers have studied space to gain a better understanding of the processes that occur on Earth. Nevertheless, there are still numerous questions left unanswered due to the lack of exploration accomplished, for example, out of the 200 moons in our solar system we only have a comprehensive understanding of a small handful. In August of 1977, Voyager 2’s flyby of Uranus enabled scientists to capture images and collect data on its moons, one of the most compelling being its innermost moon: Miranda. With the opportunity at hand, after examining our choices we came to the conclusion that the spacecraft should be sent to Miranda. The moon demonstrates unique characteristics that may allow for life and her mysterious topography can yield interesting finds that could expand our understanding of it, as well as other terrestrial bodies back at home. To better understand habitable environments and possibly get information on Uranus’s past, NASA must use its resources towards the study of Miranda.
To support this hypothesis, along with simply studying such a particular subject of planetary formation is beneficial to our understanding of the things beyond our atmosphere. By doing so we can create yet another template for new explorations and discoveries that may resemble Miranda, creating not only a pattern but also possibly creating a whole new subsection to our scope of terrestrial bodies. Think about it, there is little downside to our proposal: the research gained on an object that researchers declare “peculiar” and “unknown” can and will only enlarge our knowledge and further advance us into the possible depths and mysteries of space."