Astronomy current events question: impact origin of lunar Procellarum basin?

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!)
Bob Yirka, "Researchers Find Evidence That Moon's Procellarum Basin Formed By Asteroid Strike," October 31, 2012
Researchers from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan have proposed that the moon's Procellarum basin was formed from a giant asteroid impact based on:
(A) analysis of moonquakes.
(B) fault line patterns.
(C) Apollo moon landing rock samples.
(D) light reflected by surface minerals.
(E) high-resolution radar images.

Correct answer: (D)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186, 70200
(A) : 6 students
(B) : 8 students
(C) : 10 students
(D) : 15 students
(E) : 11 students

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