Fisher Space Pen Co. recently unveiled its commemorative Apollo 11 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Astronaut Pen and Coin Set.
When crewed space missions began, astronauts had a problem writing in space. The ink in
regular ball-point pens wouldn’t flow in zero gravity. Instead, Astronauts used pencils but the lead often broke and became a hazard floating in the capsule’s atmosphere. Paul C. Fisher, who was then president of the Fisher Pen Company and had been manufacturing ballpoint pens since 1948, started thinking about how ordinary ballpoint pens would have trouble writing in space, but if a pen could be sealed and pressurized, it would keep the solvents from evaporating in the gravity-free vacuum of space.
Fisher sent samples of his prototype to Dr. Robert Gilruth, Director of the Houston Space Center. The prototypes were thoroughly tested by NASA and passed all tests. NASA astronauts began using the Fisher AG-7 Anti-Gravity Space Pen aboard the Apollo 7 Mission and Fisher Space Pen has been used on all crewed space flights since, including NASA’s Space Shuttle Program missions, the Mir Space Station and the International Space Station as well as the Russian and Chinese space programs.
Fisher Space Pen Co., in partnership with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, unveils a new Legacy exhibit inside the Apollo/Saturn V Center in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission. The display details the history of the iconic Astronaut Space Pen that has flown on every crewed space mission since Apollo 7.
Part of the reimagining of the Apollo/Saturn V Center for the 50th anniversary, the Fisher Space Pen Legacy exhibit includes a timeline of the development of the revolutionary zero gravity pen by Paul C. Fisher, inventor and founder of the Fisher Pen Co. The exhibit also includes a series of Fisher Space Pen models commemorating several historic landmark dates in space history as well as a timeline of memorable highlights throughout the 50-year history of the Fisher Space Pen. A series of events held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in the community will take place throughout the month of July honoring Apollo 11’s historic Moon landing. An event schedule and ticket information can be found on the visitor complex website at www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
“Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has been a wonderful partner for the last 14 years,” said Cary Fisher, President, Fisher Space Pen Co. “We are especially excited for this opportunity to tell our company story as it related to our work with NASA and the Apollo missions specifically, over the last 50 years.”
“The Fisher Space Pen exhibit shares the rich history and evolution of an iconic company that has contributed to space exploration from the beginning,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “The Apollo/Saturn V Center is the perfect location for this exhibit and we are thrilled to share this story with our visitors as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon mission.”
On Monday, July 15, 2019, Fisher Space Pen Co., will participate in the third annual Made in America Product Showcase at the White House. “We are grateful and excited for this opportunity to showcase the revolutionary Fisher Space Pen products,” says Cary Fisher, President of Fisher Space Pen and son of Paul C. Fisher. “Our products are a symbol of American ingenuity and technology. They are Made in America but are known and loved all over the world and in space.”