Astronomy current events question: the "Humanity Star" satellite

Astronomy 210L, spring semester 2018
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!)
News release, "FAQs" (ca. January, 2018)
Rocketlab recently launched "Humanity Star" into orbit, which will be visible to the naked eye in the sky for the next nine months until it: (A) creates an impact crater on the moon.
(B) docks with the International Space Station.
(C) burns up in Earth's atmosphere.
(D) depletes its batteries.
(E) refolds back into its cube.

Correct answer: (C)

Student responses
Sections 30679, 30680
(A) : 1 student
(B) : 9 students
(C) : 24 students
(D) : 3 students
(E) : 1 student

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