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Tokyo welcomed Buzz Aldrin, the Apollo 11 Lunar Module pilot and also the second man to stroll around the Moon to a press occasion in the OMEGA Boutique within the Ginza Prefecture on June 17th.
Dr. Aldrin has enjoyed a lengthy association with OMEGA: when he stepped on towards the lunar surface around the 20th of July 1969, the OMEGA Speedmaster chronograph strapped about his spacesuit became the very first watch to become worn around the Moon. Neil Armstrong had left his personal Speedmaster aboard the Lunar Module to serve as a dependable backup towards the craft's electronic timing method.
Buzz Aldrin was joined in the press conference by Stephen Urquhart, the president of OMEGA and James Ragan, the NASA engineer who was accountable for the testing procedure which led towards the Speedmaster' choice because the only watch certified for all of NASA's manned space flights. The Speedmaster has been component of each and every mission because Might of 1963.
The astronaut described his memories from the 1969 mission which produced him and Armstrong such an essential component from the background of exploration and expressed his hope that the entire world will once more turn out to be as enthusiastic about space travel because it was forty years ago. Buzz Aldrin features a doctorate in astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technologies (MIT) and is really a passionate advocate for space tourism.
Ragan spoke with equal enthusiasm about his lengthy profession at NASA and also the OMEGA Speedmaster he assisted place around the Moon. He commented, "To the very best of my understanding, the Speedmaster will be the only piece of hardware which was utilized from the extremely starting (from the Apollo plan) with out any modification."
Speaking concerning the significance of Apollo 11 to his brand, OMEGA's president Urquhart stated, "None of OMEGA's milestones within the previous 161 years can surpass the 1 reached in July of 1969 when Buzz Aldrin, wearing a Speedmaster ,initial set foot on an additional globe. For almost half a century, our close association with NASA has been a supply of huge pride and pleasure."
In the finish from the press conference, Buzz Alrdin signed a presentation box containing an OMEGA Speedmaster Apollo 11 "40th Anniversary" Restricted Edition watch.