Venezuela winners - Target Triton, 2019-20 contest

Year: 2019-20

Adriana Matos, Maria Ferrer, Andres Matos, Victora Boscan, Manuel Ferrer, Nicolas Camargo, Gabriel Manzanilla, Luis Faria, Marcelo Acevedo, Santiago Cabrera, Miguel Godoy, Tomas Vega, Dianis Garcia, Albanis Garcia, Michelle Di Martino

Schools: Colegio Altamira, Liceo los Robles, Colegio Uru

City: Maracaibo

Topic: Triton

"The reason we chose the moon Triton is because we are struck that its high temperature, and that maybe it can have a primitive way of life.

In its center, this moon has hot water, and in addition, the water from its volcanic eruptions is salty.

Artist's view of Voyager 2 at Triton
We also want to explore Triton because its rotation from west to east draws our attention, since normally the rotation is from east to west. Also that its surface is a land similar to a melon waterfall because it is smooth, that is, it appears to be new, but in reality it takes approximately 5,000 billion years to form. Originally, it was a planet that got so close to Neptune that it was captured by its orbit. It is the only one of its moons that rotates differently and does not collide with another.

To explore this moon we use a "boyager," which is a ship that is the first to get there and it is going to explore other places. There is a heater on the ship, and to explore the surface we will use an hovercraft. To get to Triton takes 9 years or so.

The instruments we would use would be an infrared camera with visible light, a radar, a high gain satellite, a low gain antenna, an orbital vase, an infrared camera and a submarine.

We'll send the ship, and after breaking the ice and entering the ocean under the ice, our spacecraft will try to find out if there is primitive life on Triton."

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