November 27, 2018 – They became iconic by driving some of NASA's most historic missions and now the rockets have…
November 27, 2018
– They became iconic by driving some of NASA’s most historic missions and now the rockets have raised the first astronauts in space and encourage people to the moon to help start the next letter, the task of the school or office memo.
Retro 51, the manufacturer of the Tornado series of collective rollerball pens, has announced its Space Race Series, a trio of writing instruments that are steered after NASA’s early astronaut launcher. The pencils, issued in partnership with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, celebrate next year’s 50th anniversary for the country’s first moon.
“The Space Race Series puts in the author’s hand miniature addition to three iconic rockets that helped put the first people on the moon” writes Retro 51
. “Each pen is made of solid stainless steel and is screen-screened with graphics that induce the original rockets . ”
The pens are modeled after Mercury-Redstone, Gemini-Titan II and Saturn V historic boosters.
Alan Shepard, the United States first astronaut to reach the space, rides on a Mercury-Redstone rocket on May 5, 1961. Three weeks later, President John F. Kennedy took a joint session of the Congress, which partially stated: “I think that this nation should commit to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, to land a man on the moon and return him safely to the ground. “
In order to gain the skills required to achieve Kennedy’s goals, NASA launched the Gemini program . Ten crews of two astronauts took off on the Gemini-Titan II Rockets to train and perfect rendezvous, docking and spacewalking (“extravehicular activities”) and show that people could live and work in space for up to two weeks at a time.
The Apollo-Saturn V rocket, which is still the most powerful launcher that has successfully flown, lifted with 10 crews of three people each, including all 24 astronauts traveling to the moon and among them the 12 landing on The moon surface between 1968 and 1972.
On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 launched the astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on a Saturn V on the historic first mission that landed people (Armstrong and Aldrin) on the moon.
Each pen in the Space Race series is individually numbered and limited to 1958, a nod to the 60th anniversary of NASA’s founding.
The pens come separately packed in anniversary gifts. Mercury and Gemini pencil retail for $ 50 each. The Apollo pen is priced at $ 60.
The pens are also offered as a boxed set with matching serial number for $ 170.
Retro 51 will donate a portion of the revenue from each pen to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). Over the past three decades, the Foundation has awarded more than $ 4.5 million to more than 500 US college students who are distinguished in science, technology, mathematics and engineering.
The space series with the lowest serial numbers have been paired with an Apollo astronaut’s autograph and sold exclusively by ASF as part of its “On the Shoulders of Giants” collection campaign. The astronauts Charlie Duke (Apollo 16), Jim Lovell (Twilight 7, Twilight 12, Apollo 8, Apollo 13) and Al Worden (Apollo 15) each have signed a print chosen to compliment the pens they accompany.
“Next year’s 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission. Retro 51 is proud to collaborate with the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to honor and support the brave men and women who made such an achievement possible and who continue to reach the stars , said the company.
In September, Retro 51 kicked its partnership with ASF by producing an exclusive pen for the “On The Shoulders of Giants” campaign. Retro 51 offered three space-related pencils with limited edition, including a theme to Project Apollo and a “Mission to Mars” model inspired by NASA’s space launch system (SLS).
Retro 51’s first pen for celebrating space history, Saturn V inspired – “Lift Off” was voted for its most popular pen.