story of the Space Pen really begins with its inventor, Paul C. Fisher. Before
he took to making pens, Paul worked in an airplane propeller factory during
World War II. It was there that he gained valuable experience with ball
bearings, knowledge that would come in handy down the road for creating
ballpoints. He later went on to invent the 'universal refill' ink cartridge,
which in turn led him to create the first 'Anti-Gravity' pen, patented in 1966.
Although it is a popular misconception that NASA invested millions of dollars
developing an anti-gravity writing instrument, the fact of the matter is that
Paul had been working on the design for years into the pen's development . Truth
be told, in the beginning Fisher didn’t even set out to create a pen
specifically for the astronauts; he was simply looking to make a great pen that
worked without leaking.
the end he had developed what he considered to be the perfect pen – a pen with
ink that would not be exposed to air, rely on gravity, leak or dry up, and that
wrote underwater and in extreme temperatures. His breakthrough happened to be
perfectly timed with the space race and he offered the pens to NASA for
consideration. Two years of testing later and the Space Pen was approved to
accompany the Apollo 7 astronauts into space. Despite the old joke that the
Russians solved their anti-gravity writing problem by using pencils, Russian
cosmonauts actually began to carry Fisher Space Pens on their missions as well,
at about the same time that NASA did.
- EAA logo on pen
- Writes at any angle, upside down, even in Zero Gravity.
Simply the most versatile pen ever made.
- Writes in extreme temperatures from -30F to 250F
- Writes underwater
- Perfect size to carry in your wallet, pocket, purse, glove
box or toolbox