Astronomy current events question: Dawn spacecraft mapping

Astronomy 210L, fall semester 2011
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!)
Priscilla Vega, "NASA's Asteroid Photographer Beams Back Science Data," August 11, 2011
Through next year, NASA's Dawn spacecraft is mapping:
(A) Vesta, an asteroid.
(B) Saturn's rings.
(C) Halley's comet.
(D) sunspots and solar flares.
(E) meteorite damage at the International Space Station.

Correct answer: (A)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186, 70200
(A) : 43 students
(B) : 7 students
(C) : 1 student
(D) : 6 students
(E) : 2 students

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