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Every now and then you can see crewmembers carrying paper manuals or notes around. Is this all pre-printed on earth / handwritten or is there actually a printer on the ISS?

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    $\begingroup$ They can always 3d-print their manuals ;) $\endgroup$ – SF. May 31 '16 at 8:36
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    $\begingroup$ You mean like in Braille? :-) $\endgroup$ – flawr May 31 '16 at 9:08
  • $\begingroup$ Like printing press dies. extruded or embossed lettering :) $\endgroup$ – SF. May 31 '16 at 9:18
  • $\begingroup$ ...or maybe @SF. meant this thing at first but then liked the embosser idea better? $\endgroup$ – uhoh May 31 '16 at 9:45
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh: I meant this. But if you print words alone, the thing would fall apart. Instead, you can print the sheet, leaving the words out. A spray paint stencil would be a more appropriate analogy. $\endgroup$ – SF. May 31 '16 at 10:07
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Yes, according to Robert Frost , NASA Instructor and Flight Controller, the ISS has a Epson Stylus Color 800 mounted on the aft wall of Destiny.

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Epson Stylus Color 800 from 1996

The printer is also visible in the International Space Station Panoramic Tour provided by ESA. enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ I don't actually see a printer inside that red circle. Can you point to it? Screenshot from the 3D interactive walkthrough from photos by record-holding ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti taken in June 2015 look very different. While Robert Frosts's Quora post is dated March 2015, where is that photo from? $\endgroup$ – uhoh May 31 '16 at 13:01
  • $\begingroup$ @mins. See edit. Also, thanks for the link, great ISS resource. $\endgroup$ – ForgeMonkey May 31 '16 at 13:15
  • $\begingroup$ Looks like they bought a new printer when they cleaned up. It looks like a complete, enclosed paper cassette sticking out of the top, rather than the open tray on the Epson. I wonder if this is now a special zero-G-friendly printer. Can't use gravity feed anymore! $\endgroup$ – uhoh May 31 '16 at 13:33
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    $\begingroup$ @uhoh in theory you could spin up the entire station anytime you want to print. $\endgroup$ – John Dvorak May 31 '16 at 13:58
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    $\begingroup$ I can actually imagine an astronaut grabbing the printer, then spinning in the middle of the station, holding the printer in outstretched arms... $\endgroup$ – SF. May 31 '16 at 15:56

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