Astronomy current events question: Curiosity rover examines chosen rocks

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!)
Guy Webster, "Second Time Through, Mars Rover Examines Chosen Rocks," (November 18, 2014)
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has returned to an outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp in order to:
(A) recharge its solar cells.
(B) recheck its position.
(C) avoid winter sandstorms.
(D) sample selected rock formations.
(E) boost signal reception from Earth.

Correct answer: (D)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186
(A) : 6 students
(B) : 0 students
(C) : 2 students
(D) : 17 students
(E) : 4 students

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