Astronomy current events question: opening Hubble image vault

Astronomy 210L, fall 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!)
Jesus Diaz, "Amateurs Uncover Stunning Hidden Treasures In Hubble’s Image Vaults," August 23, 2012
The European Space Agency has opened access to all images from the Hubble Space Telescope in order for the general public to:
(A) select and process previously unused images.
(B) detect possible signs of life.
(C) look for rare supernova explosions.
(D) find and decode hidden messages.
(E) download and backup files before they are deleted online.

Correct answer: (A)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186, 70200
(A) : 44 students
(B) : 2 students
(C) : 9 students
(D) : 2 students
(E) : 1 student

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