What is powerful enough to be at the intersection of NASA, the New York Museum of Modern Art, and Seinfeld? Something small enough to fit in your pocket yet big enough to generate thousands of customer fan letters over several decades. A product that works in virtually any condition and is still made by a family-owned company right here in the United States. Welcome to Fisher Space Penâ. This is our story.
Even though our founder, Paul C. Fisher, revolutionized the pen industry 20 years earlier with the invention of the ‘Universal Cartridge Refill’, it was his creation of the sealed and pressurized ink cartridge that literally launched the company into space in 1967. Debuting on the Apollo 7 mission in 1968, Fisher Space Pen has been on every NASA manned space flight since. In fact, Fisher Space Pen now has its own permanent exhibit inside the Apollo / Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center, which proudly shares our history and products with some three million people a year.
Our products have also managed to find themselves onboard the International Space Station and have been utilized by the Russian and Chinese space programs, as well!
I am proud to continue the principles of accuracy and quality that my father instilled throughout our organization. I’ve tried to instill the same principles in our children and am proud to see them implementing those principles as they work their way up the chain of command within the company.” – Cary Fisher
Fisher Space Pens are built for more than just outer space. The fact is, due to the patented sealed and pressurized ink cartridge, they will write in just about any condition and on almost any surface. Underwater or over grease. Extreme temperatures (-30 to +250 F/-35 to +121 C). Upside down or floating in a gravity-free zone. It doesn’t matter, our pens will perform. Our sealed and pressurized ink cartridges last three times longer than the average pen with an estimated 100-year shelf life. As an added bonus, we have a vast selection of over 85 eye catching designs and styles.
The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization that helps meet financial needs placed on natural resource conservation and conservation-related outdoor recreation. Since our founding in 1997, we have allocated over $20 million for conservation funding statewide.
Our Mission: MCHF advances the conservation and appreciation of forest, fish and wildlife resources by applying financial resources to the priorities of the Missouri Department of Conservation in collaboration with donors and other partners.
Missourians live in a state with abundant natural resources, and those of us who cherish the outdoors are in good company: Thousands of people and hundreds of organizations care about and work to conserve natural Missouri.
But conservation takes funding – and for most groups, funding is a challenge. We address this challenge by helping meet financial needs placed on natural resource conservation and conservation-related outdoor recreation.
We are separate from the Missouri Department of Conservation but support that agency’s mission of protecting the state’s forest, fish and wildlife resources for all Missourians.
By working with Missouri Department of Conservation staff members, who have already researched areas of greatest conservation priority, we fund projects that address immediate conservation and outdoor-recreation needs. Conservation Department staff members also partner with conservation groups statewide, and these groups in turn invest funds of their own in projects that we support. Find the MCHF Request for Proposals application and instructions here.
Where We Work
The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation awards funding to worthy conservation projects in all parts of Missouri, from rural areas to major cities. You can search for projects we have funded by county or region using our project database or by going to Selected Projects to obtain more specific information on certain projects.