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post #20 of (permalink) Old 10-14-2015, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Dru View Post
No. Simple problem does not require complex fix.
eg: American space program spent millions designing a ballpoint pen that would work in zero gravity. Russian space program used a pencil.
Sorry, as a space history buff I need to answer this one

The story is apocryphal. Fisher developed the Space Pen on their own dime and offered them to NASA (no tax payer money was spent and it didn't cost millions to develop). The Soviet's never used pencils as graphite is conductive and small flakes can contaminate switches and cause shorts. Both Soviet and early US missions used grease pencils, but NASA got rid of them after the Apollo 1 fire. Later the Russian's started buying Fisher pens as well
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