Saturday, November 9, 2013

NASA

When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300 C.

The Russians used a pencil.

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21 comments :

  1. Which is so much quicker and easier LOL

    Have a leadtastic day Sandee ;-)

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  2. Pencils are more reliable too.

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  3. The Russians were definitely smarter here :)

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  4. lol that's awful, but funny!

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  5. LOL, The Russians get my vote here

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  6. Silly Russians, they just think of everything. Pencils are good. Sandee, have yourself a great day. Hugs to Little Bit.

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  7. Hawahwhahaa Have a super weekend Big Hugs xxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  8. The Russians invented space.

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  9. Those people now work in the White House. c-)

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  10. A decade and $12 billion is probably what it will take to fix the Affordable Care Website. Some things never change.

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  11. OMG- that's really stupid- what were they thinking? Oh yeah I forgot- they weren't. Meanwhile the Russians got the lead out smiling all the way.
    Have a great day Sandee!

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  12. Another example of our guvmint being productive. Sigh.

    Big hugs, honey...

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  13. Hi Sandee ~~ :) I am smiling :) I worked as an aerospace engineer for 17 years before I left to teach at the college. My last 14 years do engineering stuff was at NASA and we got blamed for outlandish spending on the "Space Pen." [remember I'm still smiling, :) ]

    Actually it was not like that at all. Wikipedia is pretty well right on:
    "Because of a ballpoint pen's reliance on gravity to coat the ball with ink, most cannot be used to write upside-down. However, technology developed by Fisher pens in the United States resulted in the production of what came to be known as the "Fisher Space Pen." Space Pens combine a more viscous ink with a pressurised ink reservoir which forces the ink toward the point. Unlike standard ballpoints, the rear end of a Space Pen's pressurized reservoir is sealed, eliminating evaporation and leakage, thus allowing the pen to write upside-down, in zero-gravity environments, and reportedly underwater. Astronauts have made use of these pens in outer space."
    ..

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  14. Our government has been taken over by utter idiots. Elected by a bunch of other idiots. *sigh*

    Hope your day is lovely. I'm not painting because I couldn't leave the whole no web site thing alone. argggg...

    big hugs honey xoxo

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  15. While i'm sure the government of every country is guilty of expensive blunders, this one was ours alone.

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  16. I understant in the state of Maryland it has cost the government over a million dollars for each person they have so far signed up for Obuggercare. It's always easy to spend someone elses money.

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  17. oh my goodness, we are a bunch of idiots aren't we?

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxo

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  18. But the pencil isn't gold plated!

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  19. Very interesting. A lesson in this for sure. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday Sandee.

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  20. Two cliches popped into my mind while reading this: 1) Only in America! ... and 2) Necessity is the mother of invention! :) While the $$$ spent on this "invention" is absolutely ridiculous, still gotta say, "Cool! Now I can make notes for my blog while swimming!" :)

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