Astronomy current events question: Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment

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, "Earth's Atmosphere: New Results from the International Space Station" (March 20, 2018)
The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) instrument on the International Space Station gathers data on the components of Earth's upper atmosphere by:
(A) releasing probes.
(B) scooping up molecules.
(C) observing the sun and the moon.
(D) firing lasers.
(E) listening for static.

Correct answer: (C)

Student responses
Sections 30679, 30680
(A) : 6 students
(B) : 7 students
(C) : 17 students
(D) : 2 students
(E) : 5 students

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