THE FIRST SPEEDMASTER IN SPACE
THE FIRST SPEEDMASTER IN SPACE 1962
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.