Of course (5 Nov, 2012) Reply
The reason why NASA didn't use a pencil was because floating shards of graphite getting stuck into critical electronic equipment would be a "bad thing"
Boris (5 Nov, 2012)
Which is why we can have pencil in Russian space ship - we do not be using critical electronic equipment.
EUro (5 Nov, 2012)
Well, the Russians. Simple people with simple solutions.
Ivan (16 Dec, 2012)
No bad thing in Soviet space.
Behind you (5 Nov, 2012) Reply
Nice story, but completely false.(visit link)
Comrade Ivan (5 Nov, 2012)
That snopes.com site is capitalist propaganda! Long live the motherland!!!
Vlad (5 Nov, 2012) Reply
That's an urban legend. Pencils were also used at first but graphite dust and tips posed a threat to the electronics and to crew due to flammability. Also, first post.
First reply (5 Nov, 2012)
Your first post is also an urban legend.
ThA-B (5 Nov, 2012) Reply
And that 2million wonder is a marker?
Fatogron. (5 Nov, 2012)
*That sound which goes all loud when you answer wrong on a TV show*
Crayola (5 Nov, 2012)
Howzabout a crayon?
LogiC (6 Nov, 2012)
Couldn't think of what this pen would be, so looked it up. Apparently called the "Fisher Space Pen", made in 1965. So that is well before my time. According to snopes.com the pens were developed independently by Fisher. After vigorous testing by NASA they became the de facto pen used in space by all astronauts. That bookmark is why you shouldn't trust what is written (especially on the Internet).
However it is also my opinion that you can learn something from anything. Besides the fact check moral, there is also the obvious one- sometimes the best solution is the easiest one.
fdssdds (7 Nov, 2012)
marker has the same problem as a pen - in 0 gravity the liquids tend to hug the walls of the container, thus your marker would be quite useless. If you want to add some pressure plate, it needs remodeling and stronger casing etcetcetc
cinghia (5 Nov, 2012) Reply
$2.75 for a pencil?
Owned (5 Nov, 2012) Reply
Both of you are owned- The Pen,. Pencil and the card were all made in China!
Hector Ring (5 Nov, 2012) Reply
Three (5 Nov, 2012) Reply
Yes, but it took MIT to take a two-cent pencil, call it a Replica Soviet Space Program Writing Instrument...and then charge $2.75 for it.
QI (5 Nov, 2012) Reply
although regular ball-point pens worked just fine in space as well...
Hey (5 Nov, 2012) Reply
A /RUSSIAN/ pencil.
Very Smart Historian (5 Nov, 2012) Reply
Ah, the famous MIG-2
Putin Ondi Ritz (5 Nov, 2012) Reply
in Russia we write in own blood.
Dmitry (6 Nov, 2012) Reply
In Soviet Russia, ...
ah dammit. can't come up with a good one.
korgwm (9 Nov, 2012) Reply
the first space monkey used poo. problem solved