apathoid
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Your Tax Dollars At Work

Fri Nov 21, 2003 4:18 am

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.


 
JAL777
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RE: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Fri Nov 21, 2003 4:22 am

Considering $12 billion is about NASA's yearly budget... I'd say this story is BS.
 
apathoid
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RE: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Fri Nov 21, 2003 4:24 am

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

#1: JAL777
 
JAL777
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RE: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Fri Nov 21, 2003 4:26 am

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
 
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RE: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Fri Nov 21, 2003 4:29 am

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
 
KROC
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RE: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Fri Nov 21, 2003 4:36 am

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

#1: JAL777


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

 
Guest

RE: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Fri Nov 21, 2003 4:42 am

For 12 million/billion/whatever, that pen better do more than write in zero gravity......................
 
N6376M
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RE: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Fri Nov 21, 2003 4:44 am

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

-76M
 
Guest

RE: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Fri Nov 21, 2003 4:45 am

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

RE: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Fri Nov 21, 2003 5:09 am

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.
 
bobrayner
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RE: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Fri Nov 21, 2003 5:54 am

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
 
EGGD
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RE: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Fri Nov 21, 2003 6:02 am

I think its a funny joke,

Lets not over-analyse it folks  Smokin cool
 
killjoy
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RE: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Fri Nov 21, 2003 6:28 am

 
Superfly
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RE: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Fri Nov 21, 2003 10:12 am

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







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