Astronomy current events question: avoiding zodiacal light

Astronomy 210L, spring semester 2012
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!)
Francis Reddy, "NASA's Goddard, Glenn Centers Look to Lift Space Astronomy out of the Fog," March 12, 2012
To avoid interference from the zodiacal cloud of comet and asteroid dust, NASA scientists would like to place future space telescopes:
(A) mounted on high-altitude aircraft.
(B) on the far side of the moon.
(C) docked to the International Space Station.
(D) on top of Antarctic mountains.
(E) in a tilted orbit around the sun.

Correct answer: (E)

Student responses
Sections 30678, 30679, 30680
(A) : 7 students
(B) : 15 students
(C) : 5 students
(D) : 1 student
(E) : 24 students

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