memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner


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’.

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