Apollo 13 50th Anniversary Chrome Plated Astronaut Space Pen
NASA’s Apollo 13 mission in 1970 has stood for decades as a powerful testament to the determination and perseverance of the human spirit in the face of extreme adversity and seemingly insurmountable odds. We honor the bravery of the crew, as well as the tireless efforts of all those who were involved in returning them safely to Earth 50 years ago with this commemorative Fisher Space Pen.
- Launched on April 11th, 1970
- Apollo 13 crew members:
Commander Jim Lovell,
Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert,
Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise
“There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.”
- Mission Commander Jim Lovell
Paul Fisher’s legacy embodies the definition of success with his creation of the sealed and pressurized ink cartridge, which for decades has aided the efforts of all astronauts in collecting data throughout every manned flight into space since 1967. Paul knew the challenges ahead of creating a ball point pen that functioned in a zero-gravity environment, but he never allowed those challenges to deter his course. More than five decades later, Fisher Space Pen joins millions around the world to celebrate the courageous accomplishments of the crew from the Apollo 13 mission.
This Special Edition Astronaut Space Pen has the same pressurized ink refill cartridge used on the Apollo 13 Mission - It defies gravity, writing in the gravity free vacuum of space, and of course at any angle here on Earth. It also writes in the harshest of temperatures (-30 to +250 degrees F) and environments including under water, through grease, on almost any surface, lasting three times longer than an average pen, and is still used on all manned space flights today.
In 1967, after over two years of rigorous testing by NASA, the Space Pen was selected for use by the astronauts of Apollo 7 and has been used on all manned space flights since then. The design of the Original Astronaut Pen has not changed in over 50 years, and the pen that you buy today is exactly the same as the one taken to the moon in 1969.
All Astronaut Pens are proudly produced in the USA! Each is made of solid brass with hard chrome plating, giving it a solid feel in your hand as you write. They also feature a unique clicking mechanism that extends the point via the button on the top, with a release button on the side to retract it. This side button has a substantial sound and feel to it, ensuring that you will always remember to retract the point before sliding the pen back into your pocket.
Astronaut Pens have been used on all NASA Apollo and Space Shuttle missions, the International Space Station, Russian Soyuz and MIR space flights, the French ARIANE Space Program, and the Everest North Face Ski Expedition. They are packaged in our heavy-duty gift box with flock lining, and each comes with a quality guarantee and a pamphlet describing the history of Fisher Space Pen Co.