Astronomy current events question: "Breakthrough Starshot" proposal

Astronomy 210L, spring semester 2016
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!)
Geoff Brumfiel, "Stephen Hawking's Plan for Interstellar Travel Has Some Earthly Obstacles" (April 14, 2016)
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner proposed using a __________ to accelerate small spacecraft to the Alpha Centauri star system.
(A) giant laser.
(B) matter-antimatter reactor.
(C) fusion engine.
(D) hydrogen ramjet.
(E) reactionless thruster.

Correct answer: (A)

Student responses
Sections 30678, 30679, 30680
(A) : 23 students
(B) : 3 students
(C) : 12 students
(D) : 1 student
(E) : 3 students

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