Don't know whether or not this is true, but it sounds about right...
Sometimes we just make things more complicated than necessary.
When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly
discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C.
The Russians used a pencil.
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