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User currently offlineApathoid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 928 times:

When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C.


The Russians used a pencil.


Enjoy paying your taxes

For those of you who just refuse to "get it", this is humor. No, I don't have a source for that. No, I don't know if its true. No, it doesn't matter if its true or not, it was merely posted to make people who do "get it" chuckle a little. And, yes, I do think it was because the Russians weren't smart enough to make such a pen no matter how much they spent.




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User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 926 times:

Considering $12 billion is about NASA's yearly budget... I'd say this story is BS.

User currently offlineApathoid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 923 times:

List of dudes who don't "get it."

#1: JAL777


User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 920 times:

Yes... I got it. But it'd me a bit more realistic (and hell of alot more believable!) if you said $12 million.

I have friends at NASA and would believe the $12 million figure. Embarrassment


User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 917 times:

Pencil smears easily especially if its in a stack of papers that gets shuffled a lot. I have one of these space pens, its a pretty cool device. The Soviets probably designed something similar but due to their manufacturing capability being behind ours they may not have been able to actually build it

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 908 times:

List of dudes who don't "get it."

#1: JAL777


And Apathoid wrecks JAL777 with a solid right to the grill.



User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 904 times:

For 12 million/billion/whatever, that pen better do more than write in zero gravity......................

User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 899 times:

Given what he did with a cigar, just think of what our former president could have done with such a magical pen!

-76M


User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 897 times:

I know what you are thinking CanyonBlue.. No it does not vibrate

User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 891 times:

NOT what I was thinking, but I know some people who may be interested!

Seriously, it damn well be able to write, clean, vacuum and cook too.


User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 877 times:

It's a popular story, but entirely false.

NASA didn't spend all that money; nor did Russia spend zilch and get a half-chewed pencil.

Supposedly, most agencies now use the "space pen", which was developed privately. However, it sells widely (and it's not cheap), simply because the public like to think they're buying a pen that will write upside-down on a block of butter in a freezer 500km above the earth. Everybody wins. Space agencies (if they want it) get a pen for a tiny fraction of the cost of anything developed in-house; some pen manufacturer gets millions for a mediocre product; people with more money than sense can buy a pen that copes with a wide range of environments (until they lose it).

In my pocket, I keep an aluminium pen that weighs much, much less than the chunky steel "space pen". Perhaps it would fail if I ever accidentally went into space, but I'm willing to make that trade-off. I also have a Mont Blanc desk set, which is probably even less durable, but my desk is quite unlikely to become greasy, frozen, or weightless.



Cunning linguist
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 36
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 866 times:

I think its a funny joke,

Lets not over-analyse it folks  Smokin cool


User currently offlineKilljoy From Finland, joined Dec 1999, 646 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 852 times:

For more info:

http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp


User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 821 times:

Apathoid is right on this one. I've read this fact before. I don't have the source .

You see, the Communist beat us there too!  Pissed







Bring back the B2707 project!



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