The Fisher Space Pen company has released a limited-edition pen to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. This limited-edition, collectible pen is embedded with a piece of the history it helped write. The pen and coin set features material that flew on the first moon landing mission.
The Fisher Space Pen
During the height of the space race in the 1960s, NASA scientists realized that pens could not function in space. They needed to figure out another way for the astronauts to write things down. So they spent years and millions of taxpayer dollars to develop a pen that could put ink to paper without gravity. But their crafty Soviet counterparts, so the story goes, simply handed their cosmonauts pencils. However, pencils were not the best choice.
The Irony is: the problem of weightless writing was not solved by either Soviet central planning or good old American sub-contracting, but by a private investor and a good idea.
Paul C. Fisher and his company, the Fisher Pen Company, reportedly invested $1 million to create what is now commonly known as the space pen. None of this investment money came from NASA’s coffers–the agency only became involved after the pen was dreamed into existence.
In 1965 Fisher patented a pen that could write upside-down, in frigid or roasting conditions (down to minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit or up to 400 degrees F), and even underwater or in other liquids. If too hot, though, the ink turned green instead of its normal blue.
Fisher Space Pens are still used by both NASA and Roscomos to this day.
Fisher Space Pen Marks Apollo 11 50th With Moon-Flown Material
This special-edition pen features a high gloss black finish accented by a gold finger grip section in 24 Karat gold, and from the sleek pen profile down to the unique geometric moon-cycle engraving, it was carefully designed to reflect Fisher Space Pen’s milestone invention and historic role in space exploration.
The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Astronaut Pen and Coin Set is a limited edition of 500 pieces with a sturdy display case with a plaque reading, “ Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle had landed.” which retail for $700 each.
The diamond-cut inscriptions on the pen is the image of a bald eagle landing on the moon, the dates of the historic mission, “Apollo 11 50th Anniversary” text and the serial number.
Each pen is packaged with a medallion minted for Fisher Space Pen. The medallion features a design complementary to the engravings on the pen’s body. The front of the medallion depicts an eagle landing on the moon, reminiscent of the Apollo 11 mission patch. The reverse is inscribed with the astronauts’ names and the image of an astronaut descending the ladder of the lunar module to the moon’s surface.
The pen and medallion come in a black molded polystyrene case with a printed moon landing graphic outer sleeve.
“Now, 500 people have the rare opportunity to own both the pen that went to the moon and an actual artifact from the most historic of all space events,” states Fisher Space Pen on its website. –