Made In America: Celebrating 50 Years In Space, The Iconic Fisher AG7 Original Astronaut Space Pen Is Used On Every Manned Space Mission Since 1968

The company celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing with a new Limited Edition – AG7 Original Astronaut Space Pen with Authenticated Spacecraft Material and Coin Set 

When it comes to American innovation and technology, it doesn’t get much better than Fisher Space Pen Co. The company was founded in 1948 by inventor and pen manufacturer Paul C. Fisher and by 1953, Fisher had invented a Universal Refill Cartridge – a standard size cartridge that could fit most brand name pens. In the early 1960s, when President Kennedy announced the U.S. Space Program, Paul Fisher started thinking 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.

When manned space missions began, astronauts had a problem writing in the vacuum of space. The ink in regular ball-point pens wouldn’t flow in zero gravity. Many people have asked and continue to ask even now: “Why not just use a pencil?” Well, it turns out, a pencil’s graphite lead point could break and float into electrical instruments aboard a spacecraft and become a fire hazard.

Fisher came up with the idea that if resin could be added to the ink, it would not dissolve in the vacuum of space, nor depend on gravity to flow. In 1966, After spending over $1 million dollars of his own money and years of research, Fisher finally developed his patented pressurized ink cartridge. The Fisher Space Pen writes upside down, under water, in extreme temperatures from -30 to +250 degrees F (-35 to +121 Celsius), over almost any surface and three times longer than the average pen. Watch “How It’s Made” video.

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 manned 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.

Today, Fisher Space Pen Co. is still a family-owned company run by Paul Fisher’s son Cary and grandson Matt, based in Boulder City, Nevada, manufacturing Made in America products. The company was featured on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir’s “Made in America” series. Watch video.

The Fisher Space Pen brand has become an iconic symbol of American technology and design. Its popular Bullet Space Pen is in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art as a symbol of elegant, industrial, American design. Fisher Space Pen has also become part of American pop culture. It is not only used and enjoyed by millions around the world, it is also the subject of hundreds of fan videos and has been featured on several TV programs including an episode of the hit series “Seinfeld” entitled “The Pen.”

“We are extremely proud to be celebrating fifty years in space,” says Cary Fisher, President of Fisher Space Pen. “My father Paul Fisher was a visionary who personified American entrepreneurship and innovation. Our products are sold all over the world but we are still a family business manufacturing high-quality, state-of-the-art writing instruments, proudly Made in the USA.” 

This year, the company celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon Landing by issuing a new Limited Edition AG7 Astronaut Pen & Coin Set, each containing an authentic piece of space flown material and four new commemorative pens celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the historic flight of NASA’s Apollo 11, the first to land two astronauts on the moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969. 

The Apollo 11 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Astronaut Pen & Coin Set features a small piece of actual, authenticated “Kapton” foil material from the Apollo 11 Space Craft. The material served as a protective thermal insulation for the Command Module Columbia. This rare material floats in a clear acrylic dome sealed into the pen’s cap. The exquisite collectible pen features a black titanium nitride finish complemented with fine engravings filled with 24 karat gold. The diamond cut engraving includes an American Eagle landing on the moon, historic dates, Apollo 11 Anniversary text and a serial number for each of the Limited Edition sets. Click to order your Apollo 11 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Astronaut Pen with Space Flown Material.

In addition, Fisher Space Pen Co. also released the following new Apollo 11 50th Anniversary commemorative pens:

  • Special Edition Original Astronaut Space Pen with Commemorative 50th Anniversary Apollo 11 Engraving. #AG7-50. Click to shop.
  • Special Edition Black Matte Bullet Space Pen w/ Gold Finger Grip with Commemorative 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Engraving. #400BGFG-50. Click to shop.
  • Special Edition Black Matte Bullet Space Pen w/ Gold Finger Grip & Pocket Clip, with Commemorative 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11Engraving. #400BGFGGCL-50. Click to shop.
  • Special Edition Plastic Cap-O-Matic Space Pen, Chrome Cap, Hot Stamped with Commemorative 50thAnniversary of Apollo 11 imprint in New Blue Apollo 11 50th Blister, Assorted Barrel Colors Available. #S251-50. Click to shop.
  • Special Edition Plastic Cap-O-Matic Space Pen, Brass Cap, Hot Stamped with Commemorative 50thAnniversary of Apollo 11 imprint in New Blue Apollo 11 50th Blister, Assorted Barrel Colors Available. #S251G-50. Click to shop.

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