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8 September 2006

Captain Eugene Cernan at the Omega European Masters

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Omega Ambassador and last man to walk on the moon, Captain Gene Cernan arrived today in Crans Montana on the occasion of the Omega European Masters.

In the morning, Gene Cernan met with the media at the press center, where he took part in the draw for the Omega Trophy for Journalists that will take place on Sunday morning at the Jack Niklaus course. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Later in the afternoon, Gene Cernan met with Michelle Wie and Sergio Garcia at the Omega Boutique were they were welcomed by Stephen Urquhart, President of Omega.

 

Eugene Cernan is one of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />America’s most experienced astronauts and has spent a record amount of time on the moon. Cernan’s first voyage into space was on the Gemini 9 mission, launched on 3 June 1966, where he made a record 2 hour 10 minute space walk. His second space flight was aboard Apollo 10 in May 1969, where he steered the “Snoopy” module to within 10 miles of the moon’s surface – vital practice for the Apollo 11 lunar landing later the same year. Cernan flew to the moon again on 1972 as commander of the Apollo 17 mission, where he spent over 22 hours walking on the moon and explored 21 miles of the moon’s surface. He was the last man to leave his footprints on the Moon on December 7, 1972– over 30 years ago! During these three missions, Cernan notched up a total of 566 hours in space, including over 73 hours on the moon.

 

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