Astronomy current events question: EPOXI spacecraft previous mission

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, "Deep Impact Flyby Spacecraft Images Comet 103P/Hartley," November 4, 2010
Before flying past Comet 103P/Hartley 2, the NASA EPOXI spacecraft was originally called the Deep Impact spacecraft, which had successfully completed its mission of:
(A) returning samples from a dark nebula.
(B) shooting a projectile into the nucleus of another comet.
(C) flying through the asteroid belt.
(D) surveying the moon's surface for traces of water.
(E) tracking and deflecting a potential asteroid impactor.

Correct answer: (B)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186, 70200
(A) : 1 student
(B) : 31 students
(C) : 4 students
(D) : 3 students
(E) : 5 students

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