Clean Room trivia: Week 1

This month’s trivia is all about clean rooms, which play an important role in protecting satellites, spacecraft, and equipment prior to launch. Test your knowledge below and check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!

Where is the world's largest clean room located?

World's largest clean room
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The world's largest clean room is the High Bay Clean Room located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. It has been used to prepare Hubble components prior to launch. The room has to be kept completely sterile. According to NASA, even the smallest speck of dirt could damage the agency's precious cargo. Each minute, nearly one million cubic feet of air is filtered through 9,000 square feet of HEPA filters in the clean room. These filters aren't your typical HEPA filters either. They are built to last decades! All these measures afford the Goddard clean room a Class-10,000 rating. Put simply, this means that no more than 10,000 particles larger than 0.5 microns (by comparison, human hair measures between 20 and 200 microns wide) can be found per cubic foot of air in the room! Just as an operating room must be sterile for surgery patients, so too must NASA workers don the appropriate attire and go through rigorous preparatory procedures to protect their own "patient," like Hubble. Learn more about clean rooms with our new Summer Clean Room Camps and don't forget to check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!

Clean Room: Week 1
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Nice try! The world's largest clean room is the High Bay Clean Room located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. It has been used to prepare Hubble components prior to launch. The room has to be kept completely sterile. According to NASA, even the smallest speck of dirt could damage the agency's precious cargo. Each minute, nearly one million cubic feet of air is filtered through 9,000 square feet of HEPA filters in the clean room. These filters aren't your typical HEPA filters either. They are built to last decades! All these measures afford the Goddard clean room a Class-10,000 rating. Put simply, this means that no more than 10,000 particles larger than 0.5 microns (by comparison, human hair measures between 20 and 200 microns wide) can be found per cubic foot of air in the room! Just as an operating room must be sterile for surgery patients, so too must NASA workers don the appropriate attire and go through rigorous preparatory procedures to protect their own "patient," like Hubble. Learn more about clean rooms with our new Summer Clean Room Camps and don't forget to check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!
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Great job! The world's largest clean room is the High Bay Clean Room located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. It has been used to prepare Hubble components prior to launch. The room has to be kept completely sterile. According to NASA, even the smallest speck of dirt could damage the agency's precious cargo. Each minute, nearly one million cubic feet of air is filtered through 9,000 square feet of HEPA filters in the clean room. These filters aren't your typical HEPA filters either. They are built to last decades! All these measures afford the Goddard clean room a Class-10,000 rating. Put simply, this means that no more than 10,000 particles larger than 0.5 microns (by comparison, human hair measures between 20 and 200 microns wide) can be found per cubic foot of air in the room! Just as an operating room must be sterile for surgery patients, so too must NASA workers don the appropriate attire and go through rigorous preparatory procedures to protect their own "patient," like Hubble. Learn more about clean rooms with our new Summer Clean Room Camps and don't forget to check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!

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