NASA Oop!

Fall 2001 CSANews Issue 40  |  Posted date : Apr 01, 2007.Back to list

When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To overcome this obstacle, NASA scientists spent $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside-down, under water, on almost any surface including glass, and at temperatures from below freezing to 300 degrees Celsius.

The Russians used a pencil!