Russian cosmonauts land on QVC
February 7, 1998
Two Mir cosmonauts demonstrate a gravity-defying pen
by scrawling QVC on a pad for television viewers
Web posted at: 5:01 p.m. EST (2201 GMT)
NEW YORK (CNN) -- First they conquered space.
Now, Russian cosmonauts are exploring the terrain of
The cable shopping channel QVC on Saturday brought two
cosmonauts to the airwaves live via satellite from the Mir
space station. The spacemen tested the $32.72 "Zero Gravity
Fisher Space Pen" to show that it actually works in space.
"We contacted the Russian space program and said, 'Would you
mind demonstrating it and educating the customer on how this
pen works, and how it is useful in space?'" said Fred Siegel,
senior vice president of marketing for QVC.
"They said, 'Absolutely, we would love to do it.'"
Home shoppers also got a chance to buy rocks from Mars and genuine Russian-made Sokol KV-2 spacesuits for $25,000 apiece. Each weighs 22 pounds and comes with boots, gloves, pressurized hood and "all the fittings," QVC said.
The Russians weren't alone in hawking wares on TV.
Meteorite dealer Darryl Pitt offered meteorites from Mars for
$650 to $2,500.
"To own a piece of Mars -- I mean it's the only thing you can
see in the night sky and have a piece of," Pitt said.
"Everything else that you see is transient. So to have a
piece of Mars is something that captures the imaginations of
quite a lot of people."
An undisclosed sum from the sales will be donated to the
financially strapped Russian space agency, according to QVC.