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1 October 2000

The 25th anniversary of Apollo-Soyuz


Traffic stopped on Ipanema's coastal avenue when hundreds of Cariocas and tourists discovered that the Omega Lunar Rover replica they could see was being driven by two genuine space legends: Generals Thomas P. Stafford and Alexei A. Leonov.

Both astronauts had accepted Omega's invitation to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of their historical Apollo-Soyuz rendez-vous, which in 1975 paved the way for succesful international space cooperation. At a press confer-ence prior to the Rover ride, Gen. Stafford and Gen. Leonov were each presented with a personalised version of the commemorative OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 25th anniversary watch in 18-carat gold.

This fine piece of Swiss craftmanshipis strictly limited to a series of only 50 pieces worldwide. Before leaving sunny Rio, the astronauts will attend the opening session of the 51st Congress of the IAF (International Astronautical Federation).


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