Astronomy current events question: computer models of martian snowstorms

Astronomy 210L, fall semester 2017
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!)
Loren Grush, "Super Fast-falling Snowstorms May Rage on Mars at Night" (August 21, 2017)
Certain regions of Mars may have icy rains or even falling snow at night, based on:
(A) Curiosity Mars rover samples.
(B) Hubble Space Telescope images.
(C) computer simulations.
(D) laboratory experiments.
(E) similar conditions in Siberia.

Correct answer: (C)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186
(A) : 23 students
(B) : 16 students
(C) : 9 students
(D) : 2 students
(E) : 1 student

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