Astronomy current events question: NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

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!)
Felicia Chou, Claire Saravia, and Joshua Finch, "NASA Planet Hunter on Its Way to Orbit" (April 18, 2018)
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will use spectroscopy to study the __________ of exoplanets passing in front of bright stars.
(A) vaporization.
(B) core temperatures.
(C) atmospheres.
(D) surface seismology.
(E) radioactivity.

Correct answer: (C)

Student responses
Sections 30679, 30680
(A) : 1 student
(B) : 6 students
(C) : 7 students
(D) : 7 students
(E) : 7 students

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