Friday, May 15, 2015

Fact of the Day: Space Pencils

A story out there is that NASA spent millions developing a space-pen when Soviet/Russian cosmonauts just used pencils is a bit untrue. Like the cosmonauts, American astronauts would use pencils to write in space. However pencils tips often break off which can lead to harming space-equipment. The space-pen does exist, but it was not NASA's invention as a company came up with a pen that could write in almost any condition and later offered it to NASA. 

15 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

All is now clear! Thanks, Adam.

Pat Hatt said...

I think Seinfeld used that pen in a few episodes

Anonymous said...

We have lost two Space Pens. They are cool.

Dascha said...

Wow!

x

Christine said...

things you don't think about needing in space...interesting.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Clear as a bell now

Dixie@dcrelief said...

I had one but my neighbor said it floated away. Should I suspect he took it?

Pilar Domínguez said...

I thought they used computers to write;I have never thought about this question. Kisses:)

Lauren Farrow said...

Very interesting fact. It's amazing that something as small as a broken off pencil tip could inflict damage in space.

Mary Kirkland said...

Never heard of those but I did have some astronaut ice cream. It's freeze dried ice cream and it really wasn't good. lol

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

You tell it like it is, Adam!

stephen Hayes said...

I've heard this story, but didn't believe it.

Kay said...

Wow! You never think a writing instrument could cause so much trouble.

Bob Bushell said...

Awe, nothing can beat it.

bj said...

amazing....