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Axiom crews to use custom Fisher space pens on private missions

When former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson lifts off on her first commercial space mission, she will have a familiar tool along with her.

Fisher Space Pen has partnered with Axiom Space, the Houston-based space services company that Whitson now flies for, such that she and her crewmates on the upcoming Ax-2 mission will be the first to use Axiom-branded Fisher space pens. Whitson used NASA-issued Fisher space pens on her three previous flights to the International Space Station.

“I am excited about the idea that we’re continuing the legacy of taking Fisher pens to space,” said Peggy Whitson in a video released by Fisher on Tuesday (May 16), five days before the first launch opportunity for the Ax-2 mission. “It’s really been a very long history [for] these space pens. I’m looking forward to using them again.”

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Although Whitson holds the records for the most time in space by an American and by a woman, her 666 days (to date) pale in comparison to the total years logged by Fisher space pens, which first launched in 1968 and have since been flown to the moon and used in Earth orbit.

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