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Did NASA Spend Millions Developing a Pen When the Russians Used Pencils?

The humble ballpoint pen is an item so ubiquitous the chances of you not having one near you right now are so low. Few people realize just how much technology, craftsmanship and effort goes into creating a single pen- probably because you can buy 30 of them for a few dollars. But NASA was right in spending those millions because the pencil just wouldn’t cut it in space. Find out about the story in this video. Don’t forget to share if you like this video!