Astronomy current events question: Dawn spacecraft and Hubble Space Telescope

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!)
Astronomy.com editors, "Mission to Asteroid Gets Help from Hubble Space Telescope," October 11, 2010
The NASA Dawn spacecraft needs the Hubble Space Telescope to observe the asteroid Vesta in order to:
(A) avoid colliding with it while passing through the asteroid belt.
(B) fly by when sunlight can illuminate certain features on it.
(C) plan a landing somewhere on its equator.
(D) warn of possible volcanic eruptions on its surface.
(E) update its position, as the Dawn spacecraft is "flying blind."

Correct answer: (B)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186, 70200
(A) : 9 students
(B) : 24 students
(C) : 7 students
(D) : 2 students
(E) : 14 students

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