Interplanetary Space Commission


My name is Danaja and this is my alien. My alien name is ruff. Ruff is from Saturn. Ruff's weight on Saturn is 91 pounds. If Ruff had to stand on Earth his weight would be 100 pounds. Ruff wanted to know his age on earth. He would be 13 on earth and on Saturn he is 54 years old. Ruff"s home planet is Saturn. The gas giant Saturn contains many of the same components as the sun.

Basic Facts

Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest. The moons of Saturn are numerous and diverse ranging from tiny moonlets less than 1 kilometer across to the enormous Titan, which is larger than the planet Mercury. Saturn has 62 moons with confirmed orbits, 53 of which have names and only 13 of which have diameters larger than 50 kilometers.

Titan: The only Saturn moon that has ever had a probe land on it: Huygens, a lander carried to the hazy world by the spacecraft Cassini. Titan’s “Earth-like processes” and thick atmosphere are among the things that make this world stand out to scientists. Ethane and methane rains from the atmsophere and flows on the sun.

Enceladus: An extremely reflective moon because it is made up of water ice. It’s also quite cold at minus 330 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 201 degrees Celsius). The moon has at least five different kinds of terrain, a “young” geological surface of less than 100 million years, and a possible liquid interior. The moon is also known for its ice plumes.

Rhea: Rhea has at least two major sections: bright craters with craters larger than 25 miles (40 kilometers), and a second section with smaller craters. “This difference may indicate there was a major resurfacing event some time in Rhea’s history,” NASA stated.

Mimas: Some people jokingly call it a “Death Star” because of the crater in its surface that resembles the machine from the Star Wars universe. The 88-mile (140-kilometer) Herschel Crater is about a third the diameter of the moon itself. The huge impact also could have created fractures (chasmata) on the moon’s opposing side. There are in fact craters throughout the moon’s small surface, making it among the most pockmarked in the Solar System.

Pan: Considered a “shepherd satellite” as it orbits within the Encke Gap of Saturn’s. A ring and keeps the gap from being filled in with ring material. Its motions also make stripes (“wakes”) in the rings on either side of it. Pictures obtained at a distance show it looks something like a walnut.

Tethys: An airless moon that has a huge impact crater (called Odyssey Crater, 250 miles or 400 kilometers in diameter) — about two-fifths of Tethys’ diameter. It also has a large valley called Ithaca Chasma, which is 62 miles (100 kilometers) wide.

Dione: A moon that appears to have spun about 180 degrees, perhaps due to a large impact. It’s covered in canyons, cracking and craters and is coated from dust in the E-ring that originally came from Enceladus.

This rapid spinning leads to hurricane-like storms far, far stronger than anything that is seen on the Earth. There is a constant whirlwind storm at Saturn’s south pole which can be observed with the strongest telescopes. Saturn is covered with a thick atmosphere made up of hydrogen and helium.. Saturn's temperature is believed to be about -270 degrees Fahrenheit or -168 degrees Celcius

A Day In The Life

Saturn takes 29½ years to make one complete orbit of the Sun. The Earth takes one year. Like Jupiter, however, Saturn spins much faster on its axis than the Earth. The Earth completes one rotation (turning) on its axis in 24 hours, turning away from the Sun and back again to give us night and day. Saturn, although so much bigger, completes a full rotation in just over 10 hours. Distances from the Sun are measured in Astronomical Units (AU). The Earth is the standard unit, and is one AU from the Sun, so an AU equals 150 million kilometres (93 million miles), the distance of the Earth from the Sun. Saturn is 9.5 AU from the Sun. Its mass is 95 times that of the Earth and it has a diameter of 75,098 miles, or 142,750 kilometres.

Interesting Facts

The rings all orbit Saturn at different speeds and have gaps between them. In 2010 a spacecraft from the NASA (US National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Cassini mission went between rings F and G and is now orbiting Saturn. The instruments on board this Cassini spacecraft are sending back valuable information which may help scientists to understand more about these mysterious and beautiful rings. Saturn’s axis is tilted and as the planet orbits the Sun we get different views of the rings. Twice in every orbit only the edge of the outermost ring can be seen; even that can only be seen by using the strongest telescopes. Twice during the orbit we can see the fully opened rings.

About My Alien

My alien is special because it  reminds me on a TV show called: TOY STORY!!! A alien just like it played as a prize in a machine that u win at pizza palace. Ruff has no powers but wen i am by myself, he is always around. I have a teddy bear just like it so it is in the place of Ruff. Ruff is a omnivore and a consumer. He loves to eat plants and animals. His favorite food is pig feet and fried chicken. Ruff eats sun flower seeds. He thinks if he eat them then flowers wont grow. My alien feeds off of me. He tryes to eat me when i dont give him food.

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