Astronomy current events question: Kepler space telescope mission extension

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!)
Mark Wall, "NASA Extends Planet-Hunting Kepler Mission Through 2016," April 4, 2012
NASA's Kepler space telescope, which has discovered more than 2,300 potential extrasolar planets since 2009, recently:
(A) shut down after a space debris impact.
(B) underwent repairs while docked with the International Space Station.
(C) entered and burned up in Earth's atmosphere.
(D) began searching for potential Earth-impacting asteroids.
(E) had its mission extended to find more extrasolar planets.

Correct answer: (E)

Student responses
Sections 30678, 30679, 30680
(A) : 0 students
(B) : 2 students
(C) : 0 students
(D) : 7 students
(E) : 38 students

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