Clean room trivia: Week 2

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!

What is NASA's nickname for these clean room, one-piece, head-to-toe coveralls?

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The one-piece, head-to-toe coveralls that are a part of standard clean room apparel are known as bunny suits. While NASA has documented that there is no "hard data" behind how the suit got its name, the speculation is that it has to do with the oversized, one-piece suit somewhat resembling a bunny costume. However, it is worth noting that these clean room "bunny suits" do not actually have long ears or a tail on them! Clean room workers must wear these bunny suits to prevent contaminating their work environment. Believe it or not, the workers themselves are the primary cause of contamination in a clean room. Skin flakes, bacteria, dust and dirt are all common contaminants that risk clean room operations. Thus, workers must don the bunny suit prior to entering the clean room. The suits act as a filter, preventing microorganisms and human particulate matter from entering the atmosphere once the worker is inside the clean room. These specialized coveralls may have a silly nickname but they have a very serious job - to help keep these critical rooms and equipment clean. 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 2
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Donning a bunny suit

Nice try! The one-piece, head-to-toe coveralls that are a part of standard clean room apparel are known as bunny suits. While NASA has documented that there is no "hard data" behind how the suit got its name, the speculation is that it has to do with the oversized, one-piece suit somewhat resembling a bunny costume. However, it is worth noting that these clean room "bunny suits" do not actually have long ears or a tail on them! Clean room workers must wear these bunny suits to prevent contaminating their work environment. Believe it or not, the workers themselves are the primary cause of contamination in a clean room. Skin flakes, bacteria, dust and dirt are all common contaminants that risk clean room operations. Thus, workers must don the bunny suit prior to entering the clean room. The suits act as a filter, preventing microorganisms and human particulate matter from entering the atmosphere once the worker is inside the clean room. These specialized coveralls may have a silly nickname but they have a very serious job - to help keep these critical rooms and equipment clean. 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!
Nice job!

Donning a bunny suit

You got it! The one-piece, head-to-toe coveralls that are a part of standard clean room apparel are known as bunny suits. While NASA has documented that there is no "hard data" behind how the suit got its name, the speculation is that it has to do with the oversized, one-piece suit somewhat resembling a bunny costume. However, it is worth noting that these clean room "bunny suits" do not actually have long ears or a tail on them! Clean room workers must wear these bunny suits to prevent contaminating their work environment. Believe it or not, the workers themselves are the primary cause of contamination in a clean room. Skin flakes, bacteria, dust and dirt are all common contaminants that risk clean room operations. Thus, workers must don the bunny suit prior to entering the clean room. The suits act as a filter, preventing microorganisms and human particulate matter from entering the atmosphere once the worker is inside the clean room. These specialized coveralls may have a silly nickname but they have a very serious job - to help keep these critical rooms and equipment clean. 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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