American Tax Dollars Hard at Work

@zeloguy (4915)
United States
January 17, 2007 12:33pm CST
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 300o C. The Russians used a pencil.
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@xkaraix (596)
• Australia
19 Jan 07
lol maybe we should all take a look at the Russians and learn from them :P And I'm mean who cares if you can use a pen in zero gravity? Not like the majority of the population is going to come across a situation where they're in zero gravity and really need a pen :P
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• United States
18 Jan 07
I agree that it's absolutely ridiculous! What really drives me nuts is thinking about it like this: with all of the billions of dollars that go into poking around the moon and mars for possibilites of "other life forms" and continually finding close to nothing, why don't we put the money toward GOOD use and instead of trying to find another planet we could live on, take care of the one we have? Ugh.
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
17 Jan 07
Dear that is a good point about the pens, well at least with NASA at least they developed a pen that would work as whereby the Russian used a pencil but that can always be erased.
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@hiitssomu (657)
• United States
18 Jan 07
this is good. yes that is what nasa do, they have lots of funding for space research while other coutry just make use their brain.