NASA space pen: where to buy?

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  1. EricW

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    hi.

    i was wondering if there was any place (retail) where i could buy the Fisher Nasa Space Pen? i've seen several websites that sell but i'd like to actually look at them when choosing.
     
  2. Lee L

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    I have seen them at several luggage and gift shops in my area. Ususlly in the mall in a slightly less than average size storefront location.
     
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    You could come to Houston, or I imagine any other location where NASA is..florida, georgia.
    They are all over the place.

    Chris
    (or convince someone you know in those places to get you one)
     
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    I personally prefer pens that are specifically designed to only work in a 1G environment. Fountain. Once you've had a good fountain pen for a month or so you'll never want anything else.
     
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    You want a zero G writing instrument? Use a pencil! [​IMG]
     
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    I love my "space pen". It's the only pen type I have used since 1990 (well, unless I was somewhere where I had to borrow a pen). I like the 0G aspect because then gravity is not required when writing, like when you have to use a vertical flat surface to write.
    Can't do that with a non-pressurized ink cartridge.
    If you have a favorite pen that can take replaceable ink cartridges, Fisher does make the pressurized cartridges for many pen styles (including Mont Blanc, Waterman, Paper Mate and Cross). Just check out their website.
     
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    Matt, was that from Real Men?
     
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    I have one of those space pens. One thing I noticed after I had it for a while, is that almost any modern pen (even a disposible) will write on a vertical surface or upside down. I dont see what the big deal is.
     
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    Whenever I read or hear about space pens, I'm always reminded of the following:

    During the Space Race, the Americans spent hundreds of thousands of dollars inventing a pen for astronauts that would write at all angles in zero gravity. The Russians gave their cosmonauts pencils.

    I used to have one (a space pen, that is) and I must admit it was pretty good. I'd still use a fountain pen or a good quality lettering pen for neat handwriting, but for quick notes, a biro is definitely preferable.
     
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    Charles JP,
    Regular pens will write upside down.... for a while. But ordinary pens will not write in Zero G . That's why Fisher invented the Space Pen! [​IMG]
     
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    Oh, so in all those cases when I'm in zero G I'll be sure to have it with me. [​IMG]
     
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    I hate it when I lose a reference for something like this, but this is what I understand about pencils in space.

    Pencils aren't used in space, not even if you are a cosmonaut. When you write with a pencil some dust is created, and that dust could cause problems with breathing, filters, etc.

    Mike
     
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