OMEGA ambassador Eugene Cernan has the distinction of being the last man to walk on the Moon. At an event at the OMEGA Boutique in Madrid to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first Moonwalk in July of 1969, the popular former astronaut discussed his adventures in space, his strong feelings about the future of space travel, and the important role played by the OMEGA Speedmaster as the only watch approved for every one of NASA’s piloted missions since May 15, 1963.
Cernan is a passionate advocate for space travel and told guests at the OMEGA Boutique that international space agencies should be planning permanent bases on the Moon and considering missions to Mars. “I sincerely believe that our destiny is to explore,” he said, “and the next frontier, which is infinite, is space.”
The astronaut pointed out that he has held the title “last man on the Moon” for 37 years and that he would happily pass it on to a younger successor.
An exhibit at the OMEGA Boutique features the Speedmaster Apollo 11 “40th Anniversary” Limited Edition and Cernan took the opportunity to talk about the watch he wore in space. “The first Speedmaster which I wore on Gemini 9, Apollo 10 and Apollo 17 is beat up, the crystal is cracked, it’s never been cleaned, it’s never been repaired, and to this day – going back to 1966, during my first flight, so it’s more than 40 years – I can take that watch and wind it, and it still keeps perfect time.”
Eugene Cernan is not certain exactly when astronauts will make their first interplanetary flight to Mars but he’s sure about the timepieces they’ll be wearing. “In time, I can assure you that we will send a manned mission to Mars and when that happens, the first astronaut to step onto the Martian surface will be wearing a Speedmaster.”
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