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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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Yeah, but the billions spent developing this pen.... HAS BENEFITTED ICK!!!!!!!
 
Actually.... that is known as the "Fisher Space Pen".... and I carry them every day.
 
 
 
Yeah, a pencil is OK... but it doesnt work for signing those waxy credit card receipts.  As advertised these pens even write on that kind of paper...other pens do not... and neither does a PENCIL.  On more than one occasion I was able to utilize the pen when others failed.
 
For example, Just today at 20ºF weather I was able to take one of these pens out of my console and jot down dimensions and notes on a building survey.  A normal pen doesn't do that when it is that cold, other pens simply do not write when at that temperature.  Since the notes are permanent and must be in pen.... a pencil would no do.
 
Furthermore, these pens collapse on themselves so 1. no leakage EVEN WHEN GONE THROUGH WASH and 2. no poke in the chest from a long pointy pen and 3. They fit in your pants pocket so no NERD POCKET PROTECTOR!
 
 
Here is Pyro before he converted to the Space Pen... when he used the "old style" pens like Ed still uses:
 


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Every person/marksman needs a Fisher space pen, never know when you need to right down in the data book and its raining.

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i used to have one i miss that damn thing! i had one when i was in grade school.
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

i used to have one i miss that damn thing! i had one when i was in grade school.
 
Staples had the "bullet" space pen on sale before Christmas, maybe check there if you want another.  I got a couple for gifts and just order refils from Fisher
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I always use the pencil.
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I use a pencil every day you dirt pusher you.
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hey who invited the bean counter to the party??Laugh
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/30/2009 at 14:16
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can i write it off?? maybe for flood prevention?


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This from the same people who launch rockets from the edge of the ocean to go looking for water on the moon. 
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and all that stuff is built by the lowest bidder
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Funny, my kids just used a crayon! Underwater, upside down, on glass, moms fine china, the wall, you name it.

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That or a Sharpie.
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In defense of NASA (which does enough dumb things to not need anything attributed to it unfairly), they were aware of usability of pencils in space.  They WANTED to create a ballpoint pen that works up there simply because the can (and unlike the russians have discretionary resources).

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[ NASA working on Zero Gravity Toilet:  42 Trillion Dollars...]  
 
 
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In a desire to keep it serious....... the RUSSIANS switched to the space pen too.....
 
Uses in the U.S. and Russian space programs

There exists a common urban legend claiming that the Americans spent millions of dollars developing the Space Pen, and the Russians used a pencil.[1] In fact, NASA programs have used pencils (for example a 1965 order of mechanical pencils[1]) but because of the danger that a broken-off pencil tip poses in zero gravity and the flammable nature of the wood present in pencils[1] a better solution was needed.

NASA never approached Paul Fisher to develop a pen, nor did Fisher receive any government funding for the pen's development. Fisher invented it independently, and then asked NASA to try it. After the introduction of the AG7 Space Pen, both the American and Soviet (later Russian) space agencies adopted it. Previously both the Russian and American astronauts used grease pencils and plastic slates.[2]

Another rumor has it that the Apollo 11 astronauts accidentally snapped off a switch which was necessary to permit them to fire the engine to return to Earth, and that a Fisher Space Pen was used to press this button. While the incident did occur, Buzz Aldrin has stated that, in fact, he used a felt-tip pen for this.[3]

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They even make paper you can write on in the rain...
You can even get your rifle data book to have this kind of paper...
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