2020-21 Australia Winner, Grade 9-12 - Topic: Titania
School: Cranebrook High School
"Uranus has many moons, there are about three notable moons of Uranus. The one I will be discussing is Titania, Uranus’ biggest moon. So naturally it was one of the first of the moons to be discovered.
Titania was discovered almost 350 years ago on the 11th of January 1787. Nearly 200 years later Titania showed signs of geological activity, which lead to NASA sending a probe [Voyager 2] to Titania, so they could find out what else there is to know about after the appearance of the unfamiliar activity found on our moon. It was then that they discovered the highly reflective material that represented frost on its surface.
Further information came from this exploration and it was also found that there was an indication of tectonic activity, and extension of Titania’s crust. Apart from that, the photos taken of Titania is over 30 years ago and our technology has evolved so much since then. With our new technology we will be able to find out more about the tectonic plates and the small craters also found on Titania’s surface.
With such little information on this massive moon there is a stupendous amount of Titania we don't know about. There are a lot of things about this moon that are unknown as we haven't looked at it in so long. The craters for example. We could know how this moon changes, we could see if the craters shrank or grew throughout the time left alone. Sending a probe to Titania could open many doors for us as there are many things to be found, we can find out what the frost is made of and may be able to find out a bit more information on Uranus just from the moon."