Astronomy current events question: martian atmosphere stripped by solar wind

Astronomy 210L, fall semester 2015
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!)
Dwayne Brown, Laurie Cantillo, Nancy Neal-Jones, Bill Steigerwald, and Jim Scott, "NASA Mission Reveals Speed of Solar Wind Stripping Martian Atmosphere" (November 5, 2015)
Based on data from NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, much of Mars' original atmosphere may have been removed by:
(A) the greenhouse effect.
(B) glaciers.
(C) volcanoes.
(D) solar winds.
(E) its ancient oceans and rivers.

Correct answer: (D)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186
(A) : 4 students
(B) : 0 students
(C) : 0 students
(D) : 27 students
(E) : 0 students

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