Astronomy current events question: Mars Rover Curiosity power

Astronomy 210L, Fall Semester 2010
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

Students are assigned to read online articles on current astronomy events, and take a short current events quiz during the first 10 minutes of lab. (This motivates students to show up promptly to lab, as the time cut-off for the quiz is strictly enforced!)
Courtney O'Connor, "Five Things About NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover," September 16, 2010
In addition to solar panels, the NASA Mars rover Curiosity, planned for arrival on Mars in 2012, will also be powered by:
(A) a nuclear battery.
(B) wind turbines.
(C) methane harvested from soil.
(D) hydrogen harvested from the atmosphere.
(E) refueling from supply depots landing earlier that year.

Correct answer: (A)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186, 70200
(A) : 48 students
(B) : 4 students
(C) : 2 students
(D) : 4 students
(E) : 0 students

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