memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner

Hi-Tech

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 degrees Celsius.

The Russians used a pencil.

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  1. I found this interesting but remembered hearing somewhere that the R&D figures were a little over exaggerated. I now see that the story has been filed under ‘urban legend’.
    http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_zero_gravity_pen.htm

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