August 4th, 2001

dragon

Good Point!

YOUR TAX DOLLARS HARD AT WORK

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 million 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 300C.

The Russians used a pencil.

1st retort: OK, but they have a pencil sharpener that works in space????

2nd retort: If they were velcro-ed to a surface, they could use a grind and crank model... :-)
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