A Conversation for Space Pens

Urban Legend

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NAITA (Join ViTAL - A1014625)

Nice entry. smiley - ok Since you didn't mention the Urban Legend, I will do so here. smiley - smiley The Fisher Space Pen is the subject of one of the myriad urban legends out there ridiculing government spending. As the story goes, NASA spent 1.5 million dollars developing a pen that could write in space. The Russians used ordinary pencils.

In the real world, both nations used ordinary pencils in space. NASA bought a bunch of space pen, at the ordinary price, since pencil shavings are not good to have floating around in a space craft. The 1.5 million dollars was spent by Fisher developing the pen.

But you all read http://www.snopes.com and knew that, right? smiley - winkeye

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Post 2


Like many of the inventions NASA didn't have a hand in, you mean? smiley - tongueout

(Teflon, Velcro, Sony Walkman [TBC]...)

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Post 3


drat - you beat me to it, naita! smiley - sadface

but anyway, great little article! smiley - ok

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Post 4

Fashion Cat

Actually I read somewhere that the pen was semi-commissioned, as a lead broke in space and nearly blinded an astronaut. Hence the necessity for a pen that would work above ground. smiley - smiley

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