on saleRetro 51 Tornado Rollerball Pen - Smithsonian Discovery

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This Retro 51 Tornado rollerball pen is designed after the Space Shuttle Discovery. This white twist-action rollerball pen is completed with black accents and the Smithsonian logo on the top disc. It is packaged in a commemorative tube that doubles as a pen stand, and comes loaded with a black rollerball refill that flows with a medium stroke.

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 ChallengerDiscovery 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 annex in Virginia.

Uses the Retro 1951 Tornado rollerball refill.

These pens are individually numbered but not limited in quantity.

Technical Specs

Retro 51
Rollerball Pens

Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.

Body Material
Lacquered Metal
Cap Type

How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).

Compatible inks & refills

Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.

Rollerball Refills
Grip Material

Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.


Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).

Diameter - Body
11.9mm (0.47in)
Diameter - Cap (without clip)
11.9mm (0.47in)
Diameter - Cap (with clip)
15.2mm (0.60in)
Diameter - Grip

Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.

5.0mm (0.20in)
Length - Body

The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.

129.8mm (5.11in)
Length - Overall (Closed)
126.1mm (4.96in)
Weight - Body
29.0g (1.02oz)
Weight - Overall
29.0g (1.02oz)

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