This Retro 1951 officially licensed Smithsonian twist-top rollerball pen has been designed after the Discovery shuttle, embodying the 30-year history of human space flight from 1981 to 2011.
The Space Shuttle Discovery first went into orbit in 1984 as part of NASA's Space Shuttle program, and was the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built, preceded by Columbia and Challenger. Discovery carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, and also performed both research and International Space Station assembly missions. It was finally retired in 2011 and is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum annexe in Virginia.
Uses the Retro 1951 Tornado rollerball refill.
Currently, on display at the James S McDonnell Space hanger, this accomplished orbiting vehicle has inspired the Discovery pen, finished with black accents and engraved with a serial number along the top ring. packaged in a commemorative tube.