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THE FIRST JOURNEY TO THE MOON

1969

21 July

THE FIRST JOURNEY TO THE MOON

In a world-changing moment, the first human beings walked onto the Moon at 02:56 GMT on 21 July 1969. An essential part of each astronaut's space kit was the OMEGA Speedmaster Professional.

Qualified by NASA in 1965 as the only watch for all manned space missions and Extravehicular Activity (EVA), the Speedmaster made up an official part of each astronaut’s kit. After the Apollo 11 landing, the Speedmaster became forever known as “the Moonwatch”.

The first-ever Moonwalk lasted a total of two and a half hours, The astronauts gathered lunar samples and carried out experiments. Following in their footsteps would be ten more astronauts in the subsequent three years, each with an OMEGA Speedmaster strapped to his spacesuit with a Velcro strap.

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