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PPrrooffeessssoorr ooff MMaatthheemmaattiiccss Name: Where CarlMurray Unit QueenMary, aanndd AAssttrroonnoommyy Profession: UniversityofLondon Professorof Mathematics andAstronomy

What do you do? Icarryoutresearchinastronomy.Iinvestigatethe ringsofandIworkontheCassinimissionto Saturn.Iamalsoinateamthathasdiscoveredtwo newofSaturn.

How did you get to where you are now? AsaschoolboyIalwaysadmiredBuzzAldrin(the AmericanAstronautwhowasthesecondmanto walkonthe)whichmademewanttobecome anastronaut,butIdidn’tthinkitwaspossible. Istudiedmathematicsatuniversitybeforegoing ontoworkinastronomyresearch.

If you had to invest a billion pounds into scientific research what area would you invest into? IwouldinvestintomoremissionstotheouterbecauseIthinkthereisalotmoretolearn andmanybenefits.

Discoveringsomewhereelsein Ifyouareinterestedindiscovering oursolarsystemisverypossible. lifeyourself,especiallyintelligentlife, Alien Hunting TwomoonsofSaturn-and checkouttheSearchforExtra –couldbehometo TerrestrialIntelligence(SETI).They simplelife. sendoutandreceiveradiowaves fromspaceandyoucanbeapartof Whatyoushouldlookforwhen it!Allyouneedisacomputerand goingonyouralienhunt: accesstotheinternet.Lookup • SETI@homeformoreinformationon howyoucanbecomeanalien • Aclimatethatisn’ttoohotortoo hunter. cold,sosimilarto’s • Anwhichprotectslife Solar System Exploration fromthe’sharmfulradiation The Mystery of Saturn

Queen Mary, University of London Written and designed by students from Morpeth and Stepney Mile End Road Green Schools taking part in the 2009 Media Space Summer Inside the Cassini Mission ALonldione n School. www.maths.qmul.ac.uk E1 4NS Where did Saturn’s rings come from? www.bnsc.gov.uk Is there anybody out there? Pub5282 CassiniMedia Mag_v4:Layout 2 01/12/2009 09:32 Page 1

is the sixth from the and the second largest in the solar system. It has 61 moons , but more are being discovered all the time. Saturn has huge rings that are mostly made of and . Some are situated in between Saturn’s rings and others can be seen causing ripples in the rings .

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Pandora Titan

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Match the moons to the facts. We’ve given you eight facts ab out Saturn’s many moons, now find out which moon is which. We’ve completed Moon Hunting one to get you started! Just write the number of the fact in the white Saturn shape next to the moon you think that fact belongs to.

One side of this moon is Discovered in 1980, we still know very Titan is Saturn’s largest moon little about this moon except that it is and has its own atmosphere. 1 dark and the other is . 4 a strange shape. 7 The of this moon is difficult to This moon Saturn at about the same This moon is one of the brightest predict and is called “chaotic” and its distance as our Moon orbits the Earth. objects in our solar system. It is 2 5 shape resembles a potato. 8 covered in ice that reflects the sun. On the surface of this moon Residing in the Encke Gap, this is For the answers, visit our website: 3 there is a 140 kilometre crater. 6 the innermost of Saturn’s moons. www.maths.qmul.ac.uk/home/for-schools-colleges