ACT Reading 1.5 Natural Science Passage
ACT Reading 1.5 Natural Science Passage. Based on information found in the passage, how long did the Viking spacecraft take to collect data on Mars?
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Sometimes it helps to scan for key words like Viking.
Of course, the word "Viking" appears quite often here, so this won't be a piece of cake.
One thing that pos out as we're skimming though... is the date—1976, which makes
its first appearance in line 54.
Choice (A) tries to make us think that the spacecraft took from June 19th to July 20th,
1976, to fulfill its mission...
...but upon close inspection, we see this was actually the time between Vikings 1 and 2 landing.
So we can forget about (A) and move on with our lives.
Choice (B) claims that the spacecraft operated for ninety days.
As we're scanning the passage we do see the phrase,
"Originally designed to function for 90 days"
...used in reference to the spacecraft in line 79.
If we keep reading through line 81, however, we see that, while the Viking spacecraft were
designed to only last 90 days, the little guys kept collecting data for six years.
Which makes choice (D) the correct answer.
Some people collect baseball cards or stamps; these spacecraft collected Mars data.
Gotta have a hobby.