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THE FIRST SPEEDMASTER IN SPACE

1962

3 October

THE FIRST SPEEDMASTER IN SPACE

Nearly two and a half years before the OMEGA Speedmaster was qualified by NASA for all its manned space flights, astronaut Wally Schirra wore his own Speedmaster chronograph into space on the Mercury Sigma 7 mission. Flying into uncharted territory, Wally orbited the Earth six times in a mission that would last 9 hours, 13 minutes and 11 seconds.

As NASA’s space programme evolved, Schirra went on to record a remarkable 295 hours in space, aboard both Gemini and Apollo flights. On every one of these missions, he was accompanied by his OMEGA Speedmaster.

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The OMEGA Speedmaster worn in space by Wally Schirra
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