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Why did moon dust not cause problems on Apollo during the return flight from the Moon?

Moon dust was a problem. Lunar Module dust, dirt and debris contamination presented numerous challenges for several of the Apollo missions. The Apollo 12 crew observed that at 1/6-g the cabin ...
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What is this balloon for in this clean room and what is the proper name for the "stand" that is holding the satellite?

The balloon is used to support parts of the spacecraft that can't hold their own weight in 1 g - booms, appendages, etc. As you can see from this cropped photo (from here), there is no hose to allow ...
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Why did moon dust not cause problems on Apollo during the return flight from the Moon?

If the CM and LEM were built in clean rooms, it wasn't because of dust itself being a problem. They were trying to prevent materials from Earth contaminating the Moon rock samples. The Moon dust ...
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What is this balloon for in this clean room and what is the proper name for the "stand" that is holding the satellite?

Having looked at the various ISAC facilities, I suspect that is just an adjustable stand in one of the clean rooms. Compare to this image search result for 'ISAC clean room': The stand is ...
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Why did moon dust not cause problems on Apollo during the return flight from the Moon?

Spacecraft are built in cleanrooms to prevent Foreign Object Debris. There have been a number of times where a piece of junk was inadvertently included in a spacecraft, caused a short sometime, and ...
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