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 russia science pen Space usa america i Hate adding tags
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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 cop

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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#166 - barehype (09/06/2012) [-]
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 ***** sake 12 billion dollars are you mad?
#171 to #166 - anon (09/06/2012) [-]
Little led pieced damaging billion dollar equipment LOL,r u a retard XD ?
#173 to #171 - enesefw (09/06/2012) [-]
billion dollar equipment is really the only equipment that little bits of led can damage.
User avatar #181 to #166 - duhqueenmoki (09/06/2012) [-]
comment #159
#193 to #166 - lefish (09/06/2012) [-]
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#9 - nahingerii (09/06/2012) [-]
Not true at all, the pencil could shatter and get into the equipment. Doesnt anyone listen to Stephen Fry?!
User avatar #16 to #9 - Rockaman ONLINE (09/06/2012) [-]
No, cos he gets things wrong all the time.
#17 to #16 - nahingerii (09/06/2012) [-]
Lad Bible rule 204# Stephen Fry is always right
User avatar #18 to #17 - Rockaman ONLINE (09/06/2012) [-]
Lad Bible? A real man doesn't need a book to tell him what to do.

And no, he's not always right.
User avatar #27 to #18 - MurphyUK (09/06/2012) [-]
Obviously real men are retards then if they do not read books.
User avatar #82 to #17 - thisisyourmission (09/06/2012) [-]
Lad bible stole that from Scroobius pip's lyric in Thou shalt always kill
#83 to #82 - nahingerii (09/06/2012) [-]
Im pretty sure its not trademarked, hes a smart guy, its good to listen to him
User avatar #84 to #83 - thisisyourmission (09/06/2012) [-]
i never said it was trademarked or anything, i'm just saying it's not originally from lad bible
#86 to #84 - nahingerii (09/06/2012) [-]
The word "stole" alludes to you saying that it was their property
User avatar #91 to #86 - thisisyourmission (09/06/2012) [-]
it is Scroobius Pip's mental property, but there's no way i'm getting into a debate about ownership of thoughts and ideas, especially on funnyjunk
User avatar #195 to #91 - spacedock (09/06/2012) [-]
Scroobius pip, despite being a ******* legend, does not own the right to frases, I could easaly quote him and there's nothing he could do, words belong to no one
User avatar #227 to #195 - HARDSTYLESHUFFLER (09/06/2012) [-]
Finally, I found people who like Scroobius Pip and actually know who he is!
User avatar #233 to #227 - spacedock (09/06/2012) [-]
I have only met one person in real life (bar my brother who introduced him to me) who likes scroobius pip, and to top it off it was someone I don't hate, I was so happy about it
User avatar #238 to #233 - HARDSTYLESHUFFLER (09/06/2012) [-]
Whenever I tell someone his name they just stare at me. That, and most people I recommend him to don't really care about the meaning behind his songs, let alone his actual songs. lol
User avatar #242 to #238 - spacedock (09/06/2012) [-]
I had one person brush him off because of his name, He ignored me when I tried to explain about the poem it's based off and the meaning behind it, I don't even like rap as a whole, but he is just brilliant
User avatar #43 to #16 - wacemindu (09/06/2012) [-]
Just like you then.
#347 to #16 - technosauce **User deleted account** (09/06/2012) [-]
#290 to #9 - Creant ONLINE (09/06/2012) [-]
How fragile can something be it gets damaged by a pencil. Its zero gravity, it's not like the pencil bits are rocketing around, stabbing through things or knocking stuff over. How fragile was this equipment, was it made by apple?
User avatar #472 to #290 - redJericho (09/06/2012) [-]
Pretty damn fragile. Not to mention graphite attracts an electrical charge, which could cause insane problems.

You can't risk even the smallest thing in space because there is no way to get back anybody who is stuck.
User avatar #530 to #290 - ilovehitler (09/07/2012) [-]
Space equipment can be pretty damn fragile, and any slight changes can have big effects.
User avatar #469 to #290 - seniorpokeman (09/06/2012) [-]
There are lots of vents. It's not like there's a high chance of it doing any real damage, but how would you like to find out that the tube that carries oxygen to the ship you're on was clogged with pencil shavings and eraser bits?
User avatar #60 to #9 - gunzas (09/06/2012) [-]
One does not simply use Russian Tech and Safety in the same sentence.
#518 to #60 - anon (09/07/2012) [-]
I hope you all realize that this "science fact" is complete BS.

1) NASA didnt spend a single penny on developing the space pen. Paul Fisher developed his own company and invented the first space pen. He then sold the pen to BOTH NASA and Russia.

2) Pencils are highly dangerous in space. With no gravity, the small filaments, which are produced when the pencil writes on paper, could float and get into the expensive equipment

the more you know.jpg
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.
#135 - negr (09/06/2012) [-]
This was a joke that Ronald Reagan made. I do not understand why so many people believe this ****
User avatar #29 - oikake (09/06/2012) [-]
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
User avatar #139 to #29 - srskate (09/06/2012) [-]
i dont think they use pure oxygen environments anymore, because, ya know

fire that killed everyone
User avatar #30 to #29 - drzix (09/06/2012) [-]
I think i love you.
#376 to #29 - svampi (09/06/2012) [-]
So you're telling me.. people thought this was true?
#33 to #29 - schnofi (09/06/2012) [-]
u just a butthurt amurrican
User avatar #34 to #33 - oikake (09/06/2012) [-]
wait, since when did I become 'merican?
User avatar #535 to #34 - ilovehitler (09/07/2012) [-]
Yesterday.
#505 - offsprings (09/06/2012) [-]
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.
User avatar #507 to #505 - duhqueenmoki (09/06/2012) [-]
Haha, yeah sorry I was using GIMP and was unfamiliar with how to outline in that program (usually I use photoshop, which I'm a better at)
#515 to #505 - elzebob (09/06/2012) [-]
White text with black outline = visible on all backgrounds.
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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 **** your **** .
#284 - kamilrulez (09/06/2012) [-]
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 #360 to #284 - smokingman (09/06/2012) [-]
Graphite isn't deadly if you breathe it. I draw with pencils every single day, i think i have quite a lot of it inside my lungs: i should be dead, by your reasoning.
It doesn't mess up electronics (not dirtectly, at least): graphite is highly inflamable, and if it gets stuck inside air filters, it can start a fire.
Also, russians used very soft erasers (i'm italian, i do not know how they are called in anglo-saxon countries), to avoid producing shavings.
#432 to #360 - barehype (09/06/2012) [-]
What your forgetting is that you don't use pencils in Zero G, with no gravity you can easily inhale graphite powder that has collected on the paper just by breathing in
User avatar #467 to #432 - smokingman (09/06/2012) [-]
Graphite is not deadly if you breathe it: it's only carbon. It piles up in your lungs, but it isn't toxic, and your lungs are already full of dust (and so on).
The problem, as I said, are the air filters.
Graphite also conducts electricity, thus it can cause electronic problems (but only if the circuits are not well insulated, and they usually are, that's why i said "not directly").
User avatar #522 to #467 - meganinja ONLINE (09/07/2012) [-]
it doesn't matter that it isn't toxic, if it got into the lungs it would likely irritate the tissue, which although non deadly, would be very uncomfertable.
User avatar #553 to #522 - smokingman (09/07/2012) [-]
As i already said, we inhale lots of dust and smoke (and so on) every day, and it does not bother us much (sure, it doesn't help).
Graphite does not irritate lung tissues more than any pther type of dust.
The air astronauts breathe is much, much cleaner than the air we do.
But you are missing the point.
Grafite powder does not stay suspended in the atmosphere of the space station.
The air gets filtered continuosly, at a very high pace, so every particle suspended in the air gets caught by the filters (where it can go on fire). Also, it adheres to surfaces (big problem for exposed electronics).
Tl;dr: graphite isn't particullarly irritating, and it does not stay suspended in the "armosphere" of the space station for enough time to be inhaled in large quantities.
User avatar #299 to #284 - alfjnn (09/06/2012) [-]
Is graphite really that deadly?
User avatar #327 to #299 - Sockopolis (09/06/2012) [-]
Its more about the stuff ruining the complicated electronics that are vital to the mission.
User avatar #344 to #327 - alfjnn (09/06/2012) [-]
Ahh. Well yeah, any fine powder such as that getting into a circuit board is generally bad.
Just look at how some people treat their computers.
#339 to #299 - anon (09/06/2012) [-]
Breathing it in like he says? Not really (unless you're doing nothing but grind up the stuff?)

When if short circuits electronics when you're in ******* outer space? Yes.
#298 to #284 - datdonkey (09/06/2012) [-]
Good point, wouldn't the eraser shavings just go everywhere too?
#304 to #298 - kamilrulez (09/06/2012) [-]
Ah, yes. That is the one thing i forgot.

Imagine that rubber **** building up in your lungs.
#307 to #304 - mutants (09/06/2012) [-]
Well who says they have to use the eraser?
#39 - anon (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.
#132 - moorbs (09/06/2012) [-]
It didn't happen.
Read this.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Pen
User avatar #146 to #132 - atoaster ONLINE (09/06/2012) [-]
A common urban legend states that, faced with the fact that ball-point pens will not write in zero-gravity, NASA spent a large amount of money to develop a pen that would write in the conditions experienced during spaceflight (the result purportedly being the Fisher Space Pen), while the Soviet Union took the simpler (and cheaper) route of just using pencils. -Quote WIki
#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 - anon (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
#394 - lefish (09/06/2012) [-]
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 **** up everything. That's why the Russians bought our awesome space pen. Facts ************ .
#416 to #394 - selfdenyingbeggar (09/06/2012) [-]
this ***** . graphite wouldn't **** them up that bad. And they bought it for much less i'm sure. Also, concerning your pic, you don't really think the US is still "land of the free" right?
User avatar #541 to #416 - ilovehitler (09/07/2012) [-]
Graphite could **** them up extremely badly. As an example of the sensitivity of space equipment, the hubble, when first launched, had a mirror that was off by the width of a hair. This tiny tiny width caused it to be just as bad as the ones on earth.

Maybe they bought a whole ******* lot of pens. Because pens and **** .

That joke is often used as a joke. Also, the US is more free then a lot of countries.
#547 to #541 - selfdenyingbeggar (09/07/2012) [-]
not anymore. you might be right about the pencil
User avatar #550 to #547 - ilovehitler (09/07/2012) [-]
I didn't say there aren't a ton of other countries that have just as much freedom, but these countries still have more freedoms than some. And like I said, that picture is often used as a joke.
#557 to #550 - selfdenyingbeggar (09/07/2012) [-]
Your country can know detain and spy without warrant and can kill or torture it's own citizens without even having a trial. Both your presidential candidates are... not sure if this is the word "sponsored" by the same corporations and it's been made illegal to grow your own food. You've gone down in the freedom list, dude
#611 to #557 - lefish (09/07/2012) [-]
I am well aware that many places have much more freedom than the US. The US does severely ****** and/or idiotic things all the time, both to its own citizens and to other countries. I hate that Obama decided to **** due process. The US isn't the most free place, but it's a ******* better than most of Africa or South America, where warlords or drug lords are as powerful as the legitimate governments. It's also a much nicer place to live than India, China, or Russia, because of the level of infrastructural development and indeed, the freedom. (freedom more than China, not so much India)
User avatar #543 to #541 - ilovehitler (09/07/2012) [-]
*that picture is often used as a joke
User avatar #331 - Sockopolis (09/06/2012) [-]
Try more around $15,000 (I think thats what I read.)
And the graphite dust particles can **** with the machinery and electronic. I believe its also hazardous to breathe in.
User avatar #352 to #331 - mcfunkdaddy (09/06/2012) [-]
pencils dont have graphite in them anymore.
User avatar #362 to #352 - jessieqwertyu (09/06/2012) [-]
pencils dont have lead in them anymore, they do contain graphite
User avatar #366 to #362 - mcfunkdaddy (09/06/2012) [-]
dammit mixed them up.
User avatar #358 to #331 - dasterdlygentleman (09/06/2012) [-]
you're right, $15,643 and the dust particles can actually corrupt the zero G plumbing
User avatar #52 - thesupremebiscuit (09/06/2012) [-]
12 billion dollars

are you having a ******* laugh, whoever made this fake, old hack joke has no concept of money
User avatar #524 to #516 - duhqueenmoki (09/07/2012) [-]
Sorry, I made it in a rush using GIMP (which I'm unfamiliar with how to outline in) instead of photoshop. Won't happen again.
User avatar #533 to #516 - venompwnzcows (09/07/2012) [-]
then howcome it didn't work on the blue?
User avatar #121 - fallschirmjager (09/06/2012) [-]
Yes but now we have a pen that can function in zero G, underwater, upside-down, on almost any surface, and in temperature ranging from below zero to 300° F.
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#126 to #123 - mattymattwithahat ONLINE (09/06/2012) [-]
What department?
What department?
User avatar #125 to #123 - fallschirmjager (09/06/2012) [-]
Debt, also the US didn't really spend 12 billion on the pen it was developed independently and sold to NASA.
#124 to #123 - ColonelHansLanda (09/06/2012) [-]
Sorry but that is inexcusable. It's 'debt' not 'dept'.
User avatar #95 - wfddfw (09/06/2012) [-]
Fun Fact!


This never actually happened!
I've told this story (joke) to several people. Including multiple science teachers. All of which proved that this is fake.

Although this would have been very cool to see done, it hasn't been done. Yet.
User avatar #101 to #95 - Lambda ONLINE (09/06/2012) [-]
It's not true as described, but a space pen WAS developed by a private company and then adopted by NASA. Prior to that, American astronauts did use pencils, and so did Russian cosmonauts before they eventually made a space pen of their own.
User avatar #104 to #95 - box (09/06/2012) [-]
They sell the pens at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Whether or not this is how it happened, I have no idea all I know is, I think one costs close to 100 USD.
#73 - kodex (09/06/2012) [-]
The 			*******		 space launch didn't cost 12 Billion, but they'll spend it on a pen?
The ******* space launch didn't cost 12 Billion, but they'll spend it on a pen?
User avatar #178 to #73 - babyjesuspwnage (09/06/2012) [-]
The entire thing is ******** .
Refer to comment #29:

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
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