NASA spent millions of dollars to develop a pen that could write in space. The clever Russians equpped their cosmonauts with pencils. Foolish government 'crats in action. Clever Russians. Proves a point about how inept the space agency is or something like that.
Except it did not happen that way.
The Fischer Pen Company invested $1 million of their own money to create the space pen. They sold 400 of them to NASA for Apollo. The Soviets ordered 100 the next year.
They paid $2.39 each.
Not as exciting as 'crats wasting our money but somehow a more satisfying tale.