Fisher Space Pen Shuttle Pressurised Retractable Ballpoint Pen Chrome Zoom Fisher Space Pen Shuttle Pressurised Retractable Ballpoint Pen Chrome

Let's get the famous story out of the way first. Everyone 'knows' that ballpoints didn't work in space, without gravity, so the Americans spent millions of dollars to develop a special pressurised ballpoint that did work in space. The Russians just used a pencil. Well, not really.

The Americans and Russians both used pencils. Paul Fisher, an inventer and pen maker, developed the pressurised refill, creating the 'Space Pen'. Then both the Americans and the Russians bought them from him and used them in space. Graphite is conductive, so snapped off bits of lead were considered a bit of a safety hazard floating around in a space capsule, so they were glad of a good alternative.

Oh, and standard ballpoint pens do work, and astronauts do sometimes use them, they're just not as reliable in zero gravity and extreme temperatures.

But Paul Fisher's Space Pen was reliable in these conditions, which makes it useful in all sorts of conditions, not just in space. They'll write better on damp paper, and greasy or dusty paper. They'll cope better in freezing conditions or excessively warm conditions. They have a much longer shelf life than standard ballpoints, too. They're just more reliable here on Earth, as well as in space.

The Shuttle pen is based on the AG7, the original Astronaut's pen, as supplied to NASA, and used on the moon missions in 1969. Compared to the AG7, it's a slimmer design, with a lower-profile clip. It's a simple and practical pen, with a good weight to it. The tip extends with a push of the end button, while the side button retracts it easily.

133mm long, 8mm wide, 7.5mm at grip.

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Product Code:FS63707
Ink Type:Pressurised Ink
Item Colour:Silver
Refill Type:Pen Refill
Tip Type:Ball

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