Astronomy current events question: Philae lander in hibernation

Astronomy 210L, fall semester 2014
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!)
European Space Agency press release, "Pioneering Philae Completes Main Mission before Hibernation," (November 15, 2014)
The European Space Agency lander Philae was put into hibernation on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko due to:
(A) not enough sunlight on its solar panels.
(B) burying itself in a snowbank.
(C) an unsuccessful software reboot.
(D) problems with overheating.
(E) impending solar flares.

Correct answer: (A)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186
(A) : 28 students
(B) : 2 students
(C) : 4 students
(D) : 1 student
(E) : 4 students

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