– They become icons by moving some of NASA's most historic missions and now rockets that direct the first astronauts into space and drive humans to the moon can help launch your next letter, school work or office memo.
Retro 51, a billable Tornado-line rollerball pen maker, has announced the Space Race Series, a trio of stationery arranged after NASA's initial astronaut launch vehicle. Pena, published in partnership with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, is celebrating the 50th anniversary next year of the landing in the first month.
"The Space Race Series puts in the hands of miniature writers tribute to three rocket icons that help put the first human on the moon," Retro 51 wrote. "Each pen is made of solid stainless steel and silkscreen coated with graphics that generate original rockets."
The pens are modeled after the Mercury-Redstone, Gemini-Titan II and historic Saturn V drivers.
Alan Shepard, the first US astronaut to reach space, rose above the Mercury-Redstone rocket on May 5, 1961. Three weeks later, President John F. Kennedy spoke at a joint session of Congress, stating in part, "I believe that this nation must commit to reach the goal, before this decade came out, to land humans on the moon and return them safely to Earth. "
To get the skills needed to reach Kennedy's goal, NASA launched the Gemini program. Ten crew of two astronauts took off on the Gemini-Titan II rocket to practice and perfect rendezvous, docking and spacewalking ("extravehicular activities"), and showed that humans can live and work in space for up to two weeks at a time. .
The Apollo-Saturn V rocket, which to this day is the most powerful launch vehicle successfully flown, lifted with 10 crew of three people each, including all 24 astronauts who sailed to the moon and among them, 12 people landed on that month. surface, between 1968 and 1972.
On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were launched on Saturn V on the first historic mission that landed humans (Armstrong and Aldrin) on the moon.
Each pen in the Space Space Series was individually numbered and limited to a total of 1958, a nod to the 60th anniversary of the founding of NASA.
Separate pens are packed in a warning gift tube. Mercury and Gemini pens sell for $ 50 each. The Apollo pen is valued at $ 60.
Pens are also offered as a set of boxes with a suitable serial number for $ 170.
Retro 51 will donate a portion of the proceeds from each pen to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). Over the past three decades, the Foundation has provided more than $ 4.5 million to more than 500 US students who are proficient in the fields of science, technology, mathematics and engineering.
Space Race Series races with the lowest serial numbers have been paired with Apollo astronaut signatures and sold exclusively by ASF as part of the "On the Shoulders of Giants" fundraising campaign. Charlie Duke Astronauts (Apollo 16), Jim Lovell (Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, Apollo 13) and Al Worden (Apollo 15) each signed the chosen print to complement the pen they were riding.
"Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission. Retro 51 is proud to partner with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to respect and support brave men and women who make such achievements and who continue to reach for the stars," the company said.
In September, Retro 51 began its partnership with ASF by producing exclusive pens for the "On the Shoulders of Giants" campaign. Retro 51 previously offered three limited edition pens related to space, including one for Project Apollo and the "Mission to Mars" model inspired by the NASA Space Launch System (SLS) skirt.
Retro 51's first pen to celebrate space history, the inspired Saturn V – "Lift Off," was chosen as the most popular pen to date.