Astronomy current events question: ICESat crash

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!)
Clay Dillow, "Undergrads at Colorado Crash a NASA Satellite Into The Ocean," September 1, 2010
The NASA Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) was recently __________ by undergraduate students at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
(A) illegally hacked into.
(B) deliberately ordered to crash.
(C) accidentally shut down.
(D) uploaded with a new operating system.
(E) named unofficial school mascot.

Correct answer: (B)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186, 70200
(A) : 0 students
(B) : 56 students
(C) : 5 students
(D) : 3 students
(E) : 0 students

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