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R&D Costs

Axel Hoffmann - Tue Sep 04 09:35:44 2001

Ballpoint Pen
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 300C.
The Russians used a pencil.

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