American Tax Dollars Hard at Work
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.
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
• 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.