Ballpen in space

When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity.

To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300 C. 


The Russians used a pencil.

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  • gerryg says
    Only in America.
  • Onaphobia says
    I heard this years ago, and through a film being made in Spain called el Cosmonauta. I helped fund their film and in thanks they sent me a cool t-shirt, and 'the Russian solution', which is a pencil. haha.
  • RO says
    Joke only works if it is true, but it isn't. NASA used pencils too, but they did end up, along with the Russians, using a pen someone not employed by NASA did invent to overcome some problems with pencils e.g. if the lead breaks in low gravity it is a healt hhazard, could be breathed in. It did not cost 12 Billion dollars either!

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