Russians. Is this science enough? Got from a science fun-facts excerpt (not found on the webs). My dad showed it to me and I thought it was pretty funny, so cop
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Russians

Is this science enough?
Got from a science fun-facts excerpt (not found on the webs). My dad showed it to me and I thought it was pretty funny, so copied/typed it and uploaded for y'all.

No I did not get this from reddit, 9gag, facebook, or some other website!!!! If you saw it on there in the past and you think this is some kind of repost then whatever!

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Submitted: 09/06/2012
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#9 - nahingerii ONLINE (09/06/2012) [+] (22 replies)
Not true at all, the pencil could shatter and get into the equipment. Doesnt anyone listen to Stephen Fry?!
User avatar #29 - oikake (09/06/2012) [+] (6 replies)
FALSE!

"There is an old and oft-repeated rumour that because standard pens don't work in zero-gravity, Nasa spent millions devising a space pen, while the Russians used pencils.

But this has been debunked, not least because - strange to say - pencils pose dangers in space, from broken-off tips floating about and graphite and wood being flammable in a pure oxygen atmosphere. And it was not Nasa which developed the space pen, but inventor Paul Fisher, and it was adopted by both sides in the space race by 1968."

Source; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6173154.stm
#5 - rocknrolltakeover (09/06/2012) [+] (15 replies)
So while America spent time to advance the technology the Russians were far behind. Sounds about right. No wonder why we got to the moon before them
#8 to #5 - oxan ONLINE (09/06/2012) [-]
#166 - barehype (09/06/2012) [+] (4 replies)
Actually NASA originally used mechanical pencils, but they realised that they were impractical, the lead often broke off and microbits of the lead could drift into equipment and damage it. Paul Fischer of the Fischer Price company invested ~1 million dollars and created the AG-7 Space Pen. Paul Fischer presented this pen to NASA. Initially NASA was hesitant, but after extensive testing decided to use it on space flights.

I mean for fucks sake 12 billion dollars are you mad?
#394 - lefish (09/06/2012) [+] (8 replies)
It wasn't 12 billion. The curiosity mission cost less than 3 billion. The pen might have cost 12 Million, but even so, it was totally worth it, because graphite (from a pencil) can break off in tiny little flakes and get into the various electronic equipment and fuck up everything. That's why the Russians bought our awesome space pen. Facts motherfucker.
#284 - kamilrulez (09/06/2012) [+] (12 replies)
Its because graphite dust can mess up the electronics and also kill the astronauts if they accidentaly breath it in.

Also, the number was closer to $12,000, all they did is put pressure in a standard pen.
User avatar #244 - bustingyourchops (09/06/2012) [-]
Its because NASA didn't want graphite from the pencils breaking off (or graphite dust) floating around the space ship. It could get into the electronics and screw everything up.
#132 - moorbs (09/06/2012) [+] (1 reply)
It didn't happen.
Read this.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Pen
#1 - karnovski (09/06/2012) [+] (2 replies)
MFW i'm russian and still can't get why they did this
#135 - negr (09/06/2012) [-]
This was a joke that Ronald Reagan made. I do not understand why so many people believe this shit
#505 - offsprings (09/06/2012) [+] (4 replies)
Dear OP,    
Use colored text that doesn't rape your eyes.   
Sincerely, everyone.
Dear OP,
Use colored text that doesn't rape your eyes.
Sincerely, everyone.
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#73 - kodex (09/06/2012) [+] (1 reply)
The fucking space launch didn't cost 12 Billion, but they'll spend it on a pen?
The fucking space launch didn't cost 12 Billion, but they'll spend it on a pen?
#153 - lolfire (09/06/2012) [-]
So wrong and old that it nearly hurt.   
   
This is a complete myth.
So wrong and old that it nearly hurt.

This is a complete myth.
User avatar #58 - OsoChulo (09/06/2012) [-]
That is false. You are wrong. An independent company came up with the idea and didnt make any money until NASA bought it from them. They also sold to other countries including Russia. So fuck your shit.
#39 - anonymous (09/06/2012) [-]
Common myth, held by those who have a childlike interest in science, without any of the drive or passion to pursue the truth.

In other words, OP is a faggot.
#220 - mankey (09/06/2012) [-]
"Yeah. There is a kind of urban myth that the Americans spent millions on building a pressurized, gravity-free Biro while the clever Russians just used a pencil, but in fact, they started off, both of them, using pencils, and the tip broke, and when the tip breaks, it floats around and it gets into and short-circuits things; gets into peoples' eyes and bodies; is very dangerous indeed.

So, it's sadly not true, that story. An ordinary Biro would have worked. They didn't need a special pressurized one. If you need to write upside-down, it needs to be pressurized when there's gravity, but when there's no gravity, an ordinary one will work."
#64 - anonymous (09/06/2012) [-]
you cant use pencils in space, if the tip breaks it can get into the machinery, so no one uses pencils, mfw op is still a fag
User avatar #96 - zeldapronmaster (09/06/2012) [+] (7 replies)
That explains why America won the space race
#97 to #96 - bosskiss (09/06/2012) [-]
America won the space race

i am not american nor russian but you just went full retard
User avatar #52 - thesupremebiscuit (09/06/2012) [-]
12 billion dollars

are you having a fucking laugh, whoever made this fake, old hack joke has no concept of money
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