Astronomy current events question: Cassini sampling interstellar dust

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!)
Emily Baldwin, "Saturn Spacecraft Samples Interstellar Dust" (April 14, 2016)
NASA's Cassini spacecraft collected dust grains that originated from outside the solar system, as determined from their:
(A) speed and trajectory.
(B) radioactivity.
(C) neutrino emissions.
(D) lack of organic compounds.
(E) electrostatic charge.

Correct answer: (A)

Student responses
Sections 30678, 30679, 30680
(A) : 9 students
(B) : 3 students
(C) : 6 students
(D) : 6 students
(E) : 3 students

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