DescriptionApollo 16 Lunar Module Flown Fisher AG-7 Space Pen Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young. This pen, with a chrome-like finish, is approximately 5.25" long with a piece of Velcro attached near the top allowing it to be easily fastened to surfaces of the space capsule. Printed near the pocket clip are the NASA numbers: "SEB 12100051 - 204" and "S/N 1103(?)". The original refill is present. This pen was used aboard the Lunar Module Orion (LM-11) during Young's nearly three full days on the moon's surface. Very fine condition with some spots of soiling/verdigris.
NASA needed a pen that would reliably write in zero-gravity; an inventor and pen maker named Paul Fisher developed such an item on his own and patented it in 1966 (a copy of the patent is included). NASA tested it for two years and then, every astronaut from Apollo 7 on used this pen in space, as did the cosmonauts of the Soviet space program. The Fisher pen's refill is hermetically sealed and pressurized. The ink is forced out by compressed nitrogen at a pressure of nearly 35 pounds per square inch allowing it to write upside-down, at high altitudes, underwater, and (of course) on the moon.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from John Young stating: "I hereby certify that the silver metal Fisher pen that accompanies this letter, marked as SEB 12100051 204, was flown with me to the moon on Apollo 16 and was used aboard the LM on the lunar surface during the mission April 16-27, 1972. It has been a part of my personal collection since the mission."
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