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BOULDER CITY, NV.  Fisher Space Pen (FSP) celebrates the 50th anniversary of its iconic "Astronaut Pen," developed in 1966 by Paul Fisher as the first anti-gravity writing instrument, which has been in use on all manned space flights since Apollo 7 in 1968. Fisher created a revolutionary, hermetically sealed and pressurized refill using thixotropic ink in a semisolid state that would not rely on gravity, nor leak or dry out, and would liquefy and flow only when needed. Fisher Space Pens write upside down, underwater, through grease, freezing cold and scorching heat. In addition, the Fisher Space Pen is in the Museum of Modern Art for its elegant design, making them ideal professional and personal gifts.

To mark the occasion, FSP will release a Special-Edition Commemorative 50th Anniversary Pen, created in a high-gloss black finish, featuring five cycles of the moon engraved in metallic gold.  Fisher’s 50th Anniversary Pen was inspired by the artisans who defined the modern mid-century design movement.  From the sleek pen profile, to the geometric moon-cycle engraving, to the accented gold finger grip, it was carefully designed to reflect FSP’s milestone invention and historic role in space exploration.

The Fisher Space Pen was showcased in the hit comedy series Seinfeld, and has become entrenched in the global culture as a symbol of American innovation, quality, reliability and performance, traditions that are synonymous with the American Space Program.

As part of its anniversary celebration, the company launched a newly designed website to reflect its image as a family business manufacturing high quality, beautiful, timelessly classic and cool products that are symbols of American technology.

"We are very proud to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of my father’s groundbreaking invention: The Fisher 'AG-7 Anti-Gravity’ Space Pen, used for the first time in space on the Apollo 7 Mission," declared Cary Fisher, President of Fisher Space Pen Company. "We also celebrate the longevity of our company and the enduring power of the Fisher Space Pen as a beloved, Mid-Century Modern product that is consistently recognized for its dependability."

"I represent the third-generation of Fishers working in the company, proud to continue the tradition of our family business," says Matt Fisher, Vice President of Marketing & Sales. "The Fisher Space Pen brand is known and used by millions all around the world who love its efficiency, dependability and beautiful styles and colors."

The Fisher Space Pen comes in a variety of customizable styles and colors, including the popular Bullet Space Pen; other styles include Retractable Pens, Outdoor & Tactical Pens, Stylus Space Pens, and themed styles such as Religious, Holiday, Luxury, Air & Space, and American Flag Pens, among many others.  The pens are perfect for travelers, military personnel, athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, artists, designers, fashionistas and lovers of classic American design and craftsmanship. They range in price from less than $25 to over $200.  Fisher Space Pens are sold at retail stores such as Staples, Office Depot, OfficeMax, NASA Exchange Stores, Smithsonian, REI, Daly’s Pen Shop, Paradise Pen, Write With Style, and many more.   They are also available online at

History of the Astronaut Pen

When manned space mission began, astronauts used pencils to write in outer space.  But the lead often broke and became a hazard floating in the capsule’s atmosphere, possibly floating into an ear or an eye or possibly causing a short in the exposed electrical connections of the spacecraft.  Since the fire on Apollo 1, in which three astronauts died, NASA required writing instruments that would not burn in a 100% oxygen atmosphere.

Paul Fisher, who was President of Fisher Pen Co., had been manufacturing ball point pens since 1948.  When he heard John Kennedy’s challenge to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade, he started thinking about how ordinary ball point pens would have trouble writing in space, but if pen could be sealed and pressurized it would keep the solvents from evaporating in the vacuum of space and would also provide a reliable ink supply to the point instead of gravity. In 1966, after several years and many experiments, Fisher successfully developed the first pressurized pen.

Fisher sent his Space Pen samples to Dr. Robert Gilruth, Director of the Houston Space Center at the time.  The Fisher Space Pens were thoroughly tested by NASA and passed all tests.  NASA began using the Fisher 'AG-7 Anti-Gravity' Space Pen on the Apollo 7 Mission in October 1968.

Fisher Space Pens were in continuous use during NASA’s Space Shuttle Program Missions as well as on the Mir Space Station, and they are still used on board the International Space Station and all manned space flights today. For more on the Fisher Space Pen story:

Fisher Space Pen Highlights

  • Fisher Space Pen is part of the Permanent Design Collection in the New York Museum of Modern Art.
  • Fisher Space Pen is used by NASA on all manned space flights since the Apollo 7 Mission.
  • Fisher Space Pen is displayed at the Smithsonian and Space Center Museums.
  • Fisher Space Pen is the official pen of the U.S. Ski & Snowboarding teams since 1993.
  • Ronald Reagan used the Fisher Space Pen to sign the Proclamation inaugurating the Air and Space Bicentennial Year.
  • Fisher Space Pen once produced the Atocha pen line using genuine gold from the treasure recovered from the 1622 Spanish Galleon – Nuestra Señora de Atocha.
  • Fisher Space Pen produced the 150th Anniversary pens for the Smithsonian.
  • Fisher Space Pen was used during Everest North Face Ski Expedition.
  • Fisher Space Pen is used on the Russian Space Station Mir to write the letters QVC (QVC Shopping Network), the first product to be sold in space.
  • Fisher Space Pen has been featured in such TV shows as "The Newsroom," "Mad Men," "Gilmore Girls," "Mysteries of the Museum," "How It’s Made," "Made in America," "Factory Made," and the classic "Seinfeld" episode: The Pen.

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