50 years ago yesterday Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins ate steak and eggs for breakfast and then stepped into the Columbia space shuttle, which was propelled into orbit by a Saturn V rocket. Apollo 11 was underway. Armstrong believed he had a 10% chance of dying on the mission, and only a 50% chance of landing on the moon. But Aldrin and Armstrong did land the Eagle successfully, and made it back to earth safely, in what was -- in my opinion -- the greatest achievement of the 20th century. Although this mission set into motion the modern era of computing, the whole operation was reliant on handcrafted equipment and mechanical engineering. Including their wristwatches, worn on the outside of their spacesuits on the moon. Ever since @omega
has been milking the Speedmaster Professional for all its worth, but who can blame them? They remain the only NASA flight-certified wristwatch. So it's only fitting that the 50th anniversary of the moon landing fell on a #speedytuesday
. It's an epic story, so I grabbed the closest classic tale to me and snapped this picture of my example (a basic 3570.50.00 for those keeping score), but you should really read the @smithsonian
magazine article on the mission, linked below. And watch the Apollo 11 film, just released, which is exceptional.
#NASA #apollo #apollo11 #speedy #speedmaster #omega #omegawatches #watchesofinstagram #onegiantleap