uncommon sense


During the heat of the space race in the 1960's, the U.S. National
Aeronautics and Space Administration decided it needed a ball point pen
to write in the zero gravity confines of its space capsules. 
After considerable
research and development, the Astronaut Pen was developed at a cost of
about $1 million.  The pen worked and also enjoyed some modest
success as a novelty item on Earth.

Russia, faced with the same problem, used a pencil.

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