The Billion-Dollar Space Pen


Everybody has heard of the infamous Space Pen.

Space has its urban legends of course, and the Million Dollar Space Pen is one of the more enduring ones. It is neither as outlandish nor as unbelievable as the story about faking the Moon landings, and even though it seems more credible than a massive government conspiracy, it is probable that fewer people have heard it.

The story goes like this: in the 1960s, NASA astronauts discovered that their pens did not work in zero gravity. So like good engineers, they went to work and designed a wonder pen. It worked upside down. It worked in vacuum. It worked in zero gravity. It even worked underwater! And it only cost a million dollars!

The crafty Russians used a pencil.

This story, like most modern urban legends, has proliferated on the Internet, but it has also been passed by word of mouth.


  1. I have one of these, it really can write on anything.

    I had to get one since the my managers have a thing for popcorn and they get it everywhere. They also like to get naked and jump into big tubs full of mayonnaise and then stick all of the company’s paper work to their bodies like jerry-rigged, modular clothing. It’s all very difficult to write on. Hmmmm…. too much?

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