Space cowboys in Basel

Gli space cowboys a Basilea

An event within an event: on 28 March in Basel, at the World Watch and Jewellery Show, which ends today, Omega celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing (to be held on 20 July) with a press conference attended by none other than the protagonists of NASA's exceptional space crew, astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Charles Duke, Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan, who left their mark on the Moon. They were joined by their colleagues Thomas Stafford, commander of the Apollo 10 mission, Claude Nicollier, a Swiss astronaut, Gerald Griffin, one of NASA's principal flight directors for the Apollo missions, and Jim Ragan, the aerospace engineer responsible for the chronograph tests that led to the Speedmaster being chosen as the only watch qualified for NASA manned space flights since May 1963. The event began with a speech by Omega's president, Stephen Urquhart, followed by those of Nick Hayek, CEO of the Swatch Group, Nicolas G. Hayek, president of the Swatch Group, Roland Goerg, science journalist and mediator of the event, who was responsible for introducing astronauts and scientists on stage. At the end of the press conference, Buzz Aldrin was presented with a Moonwatch Speedmaster Omega Apollo 11 "40th Anniversary" Limited Edition watch (in the last photo, already published on our blog), made to pay tribute to his historic walk on the Moon together with Armstrong almost forty years ago.

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