Clean room trivia: Week 3

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!

Which material is NOT a good fabric choice for bunny suits (part of essential clean room apparel)?

Curiosity clean room suit Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Correct! Wrong!

Cotton. Why is this? It's quite simple. Cotton allows more air flow. While this makes it comfortable, it unfortunately allows more particles in and out, which would lead to a higher risk of contamination inside the clean room environment. This is something that clean room workers try to avoid. Thus, technicians primarily use synthetic fabrics, which can include Polyester, Tyvek, and Teflon Laminated Fabric. These fabrics aren't woven, but rather, they are made up of small filaments that greatly reduce the likelihood of contamination. According to NASA, the ideal fabric for a bunny suit should be, "non-linting, anti-static, chemical resistant, non-flammable, liquid-proof, and comfortable." 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 3
So close!

Nice try! The correct answer is cotton. Why is this? It's quite simple. Cotton allows more air flow. While this makes it comfortable, it unfortunately allows more particles in and out, which would lead to a higher risk of contamination inside the clean room environment. This is something that clean room workers try to avoid. Thus, technicians primarily use synthetic fabrics, which can include Polyester, Tyvek, and Teflon Laminated Fabric. These fabrics aren't woven, but rather, they are made up of small filaments that greatly reduce the likelihood of contamination. According to NASA, the ideal fabric for a bunny suit should be, "non-linting, anti-static, chemical resistant, non-flammable, liquid-proof, and comfortable." 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!
Great job!

You got it! The answer is cotton. Why is this? It's quite simple. Cotton allows more air flow. While this makes it comfortable, it unfortunately allows more particles in and out, which would lead to a higher risk of contamination inside the clean room environment. This is something that clean room workers try to avoid. Thus, technicians primarily use synthetic fabrics, which can include Polyester, Tyvek, and Teflon Laminated Fabric. These fabrics aren't woven, but rather, they are made up of small filaments that greatly reduce the likelihood of contamination. According to NASA, the ideal fabric for a bunny suit should be, "non-linting, anti-static, chemical resistant, non-flammable, liquid-proof, and comfortable." 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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