An Interesting Tale

Paul Flewers hatchet.job at
Tue Jun 6 05:23:40 MDT 2000

An old mate of mine sent me this interesting tale. Is it true?   During the heat
of the space race in the 1960s, the US National Aeronautics and Space
Administration decided it needed a ballpoint pen to write in the zero gravity
confines of its space capsules. After considerable research and development, the
Astronaut Pen was developed at a cost of about US$1 million. The pen worked and
also enjoyed some modest success as a novelty item back here on Earth. The
Soviet Union, faced with the same problem, used a pencil.
Paul F

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