The real story about the expensive "space" pen...

The real story about the expensive "space" pen...

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    The real story about the expensive "space" pen...

    No reflection on anyone intended here, this is just one of those many misconceptions about things.

    There's a myth running around about an expensive space pen. It goes that NASA or some engineering firm developed some pen at a huge expense - not true. The bottom line is Fischer independently spent $1,000,000 developing the pen - NASA bought 400 of them from Fischer for $1,000 - that's $2.50 per pen.

    When this comes up, it also comes up that Russia used a pencil in space, as did American astronauts BTW, prior to the development of the pen. The following article explains all this and why the Russians soon switched to the pen also.

    https://kottke.org/13/10/the-myth-of...ive-space-pens
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    Thanks for posting this. I had heard the fake story many times and suspected there was more to the story. I assumed NASA did not want to use a pencil in space for the same reason that we don't use pencils in our Class 10,000 clean room at work - there is simply too much debris.
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    Man, you really know how to ruin a good engineering legend, er, joke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Man, you really know how to ruin a good engineering legend, er, joke.
    LOL, Hmmm, engineering legend - maybe I shouldn't have posted this - I just messed up a good engineering legend single handedly, I wish I had thought that through more
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangle View Post
    LOL, Hmmm, engineering legend - maybe I shouldn't have posted this - I just messed up a good engineering legend single handedly, I wish I had thought that through more
    Well, there are good legends . . . and then there are bad legends. Quite the dilemma.
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    Bought that pen many years ago, think it was $10. I really didn't buy it cause it was a space pen, i bought for the fact that it writes when wet and it does that very well, to an extent. Was it worth the price, nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotBrass45 View Post
    Thanks for posting this. I had heard the fake story many times and suspected there was more to the story. I assumed NASA did not want to use a pencil in space for the same reason that we don't use pencils in our Class 10,000 clean room at work - there is simply too much debris.
    Didnít read the article, but that would have been my thinking also. Especially without gravity.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangle View Post
    LOL, Hmmm, engineering legend - maybe I shouldn't have posted this - I just messed up a good engineering legend single handedly, I wish I had thought that through more
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    I got a Space Pen as a gift years ago. Thought it was pretty neat at first, because the rounded ends wouldn't poke holes in my pants pocket, and it wrote well.

    Then it started "blobbing" when I wrote and making a mess of the paper. Shortly after, the cartridge blew up in my pocket and ruined a pair of dress pants and stained my skin for days. Never will have one again.

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