In the June Popular Mechanics the Fisher Space Pen is mentioned as part of How Your World Works.
Rather than being an amazing innovation, as Popular Mechanics often points out in articles about military and law enforcement gear, it should be pointing out something else.
The Fisher Space pen is another expensive solution that a privately funded business would have done much more cheaply and efficiently; a pencil.
So that is how our world works. Hard working Americans try to make progress with limited funds and those funds are taxed away for bureaucrats’ nonsensical pipe-dreams.
If the space program existed at all as a market driven enterprise, we would see more practical and innovative products come out of it instead of silly novelties like the space pen.