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LAST MISSION TO THE MOON

1972

7 December, Apollo 17

LAST MISSION TO THE MOON

The Apollo 17 mission, led by Commander Eugene Cernan, was NASA’s final visit to the Moon and is remembered for several records including the longest manned lunar flight. Once again, OMEGA's iconic timepiece played an important role. While Cernan and the mission's pilot spent over three days on the Moon, the crew member who remained in lunar orbit used his Speedmaster during heat and flow convection experiments. When he returned to Earth, the Service Module Captain, who had taken his own Speedmaster along with his official kit, engraved his personal Speedmaster with the words “FLOWN IN C.S.M. TO THE MOON”, “APOLLO 17” and his signature. On the edge of the watch he engraved “HEAT FLOW EXPR” and “6 – 19 DEC 1972”.

Today, the watch represents one of the few privately-owned Speedmasters worn during the Apollo missions.

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