Feeds

Atlantis spacewalkers snapped through shuttle windows

Fetching photo reveals classified US space writing tech

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Pic NASA has released a fine snap of astronauts Michael Good (left) and Garrett Reisman, caught on camera through the aft flight deck windows of space shuttle Atlantis during last Friday's third STS-132 mission spacewalk at the International Space Station:

Michael Good (left) and Garrett Reisman caught through the windows of Atlantis. Pic: NASA

However, the sharp-eyed among you will note that the agency has inadvertently revealed a highly-classified piece of US space kit - what appears to be the very cutting edge of orbital mechanical pencil* technology:

The space pencil as revealed in the above picture

Doubtless this amazing writing implement cost American taxpayers $7bn and took ten years to develop before someone realised they'd have to bodge some Velcro on it with a bit of tape to stop it floating off and blocking the toilet. ®

Bootnote

* Could be a pen, possibly, but we reckon that's a rubber (oh, ok, eraser) on the end. As ever, expert comment on the matter is warmly invited.

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'
Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins
Sauricide WASN'T inevitable, reckon scientists
Flamewars in SPAAACE: cooler fires hint at energy efficiency
Experiment aboard ISS shows we should all chill out for cleaner engines
Brit amateur payload set to complete full circle around PLANET EARTH
Ultralight solar radio tracker in glorious 25,000km almost-space odyssey
NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark
Yet to surpass ancient Greek one, however
Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO
Radio astronomy suffering to protect Square Kilometre Array
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.