Question

The author uses the phrase "this new intimacy" (line 28) to refer to the __________________________________________.

A

Hands-on quality of the learning experience represented by the shoebox diorama

B

Understanding that nonspecialists now have about meteorological phenomena

C

General acceptance of the theory that biological life once existed on Mars

D

Increased knowledge that scientists have about our solar system

E

Way that events on one planet affect those on another

Medium

Solution

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Correct option is D)

The paragraph before line 28 describes how the researchers concluded that a specific rock found in the Antarctic field is of Martian origin, with evidences of ancient life. It was a new-found knowledge about the solar system, and, greater intimacy. Hence, Option D is correct.
The rest of the options are neither mentioned nor implied by the passage in relation to the given lines, hence they're incorrect.

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