NASA ingenuity

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Dave Payn, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    Isle of Arran and lovin' it!
    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 C.

    The Russians used a pencil.
  2. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    South London
    ah those crazy russians... when will they learn? It's not about achieving the purpose, it's about making something the Gadget Shop can sell!
  3. bruceg

    bruceg Active Member

    Kirkcaldy (Kir-kaw-day), Fife
    He he he! The amount involved increases every time I see this story posted somewhere... :D
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