National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The really cool guys that the government
gives a whole lotta cash for them to do stuff in space
Competitors: The Russian Federal Space Agency (RFSA
Justification: The Earth will eventually die
, and when that happens we gotta do sometin'!...
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
. Your taxes are due again–enjoy paying them!