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  1. TLIGuy

    TLIGuy Jun 3, 2015

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    The Speedmaster Signature Collection* is a chronological journey of historic moments in spaceflight recorded in time by the astronauts and cosmonauts who made history exploring from the Earth to the Moon and beyond with the Omega Speedmaster. The collection is dedicated to all the men and women who dedicated their lives to furthering the exploration of space. In chronological order, it tells the story of the significant events that paved the way to landing a man on the Moon and the missions that followed.

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    Between 1965 and 1972, American astronauts flew the Gemini and Apollo missions. During those historic missions, spaceflight milestones were achieved for the US manned spaceflight program. As each first-time events occurred, the astronauts and mission controllers meticulously recorded the exact time and date. The times and dates are forever part of US manned spaceflight history marking the significant steps taking the astronauts from the first American spacewalk on June 3, 1965, to the last step off the surface of the Moon on December 14, 1972.

    Beginning with project Gemini, each mission was assigned specific tasks for the first time. Each new task was attempted, practiced, and mastered to enable the astronauts to travel to the Moon on future Apollo missions. The new tasks assigned to a mission built upon the previous missions' accomplishments and became increasingly more difficult and dangerous. From walking in space, to rendezvous in Earth orbit and circling the Moon, each successfully completed maneuver moved the space program one step closer to landing a man on the Moon.

    The pieces in the collection document many of the first-time events or personal milestones that occurred during the missions. The accomplishments are recorded by the astronauts themselves on 1960's style or X-33 Speedmaster case backs that are similar to the case backs present on the NASA-issued Speedmasters they used to mark the time of these historic events. The collection today consists of twenty-four missions documented by twenty-two American astronauts and two Russian cosmonauts recording the events that are forever part of manned spaceflight history. The collection also includes the post Apollo years including the ASTP, Skylab, Space Shuttle, and International Space Station Expedition missions.

    I would like to thank the astronauts and James Ragan for their valuable time and openness to participating in my project. I would also like to thank those who helped me obtain these pieces. Their time and effort is greatly appreciated.

    *This collection has been assembled for my own personal use and its sole purpose is to honor the men and women that participated in the spaceflight program and their achievements. The collection is not endorsed by Omega, The Swatch Group, NASA, or the astronauts participating and there are no commercial or financial interests associated with the collection. In no way do I benefit either financially or otherwise from this collection.

    Operational and Environmental Testing - October, 1964 to March, 1965

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    Official NASA Speedmaster Flight Qualification Letter - June 1, 1965

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    The Gemini Missions -
    March 23, 1965 to November 1, 1966

    NEW VIDEO- Gemini 4 - June 3 to June 7, 1965 - First American Spacewalk


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    Gemini 7 - December 4 to December 18, 1965 - Station-keeping and rendezvous

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    Gemini 10 - July 18 to July 21, 1966 - The Collins EVA

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  2. TLIGuy

    TLIGuy Jun 5, 2015

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    The Apollo Missions
    - October 11, 1968 to December 19, 1972

    Apollo 7 - October 11 to October 22, 1968 - Lift Off!

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    Apollo 8 - December 21 to December 27, 1968 - The Far Side of the Moon and Earthrise

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    CREDIT - NASA Goddard LRO

    Apollo 9 - March 3 to March 13, 1969 - Testing the Lunar Module

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    Apollo 10 - May 18 to May 26, 1969 - Closest Approach to the Moon

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    Apollo 11 - July 16 to July 24, 1969 - We Came In Peace

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    Apollo 11 - July 21, 1969 - Magnificent Desolation the Moonwatch is born

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    CREDIT - NASA

    Apollo 12 - November 14 to November 24, 1969 - Yankee Clipper Sailed With Intrepid To The Ocean Of Storms

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    NEW VIDEO - Apollo 13 - April 11 to April 17, 1970 - The First Order of Business



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    Apollo 14
    - January 31 to February 9, 1971 - Play It As It Lies

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    Apollo 15 - July 26 to August 7, 1971 - Stand-Up EVA

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    Apollo 15 - August 5, 1971 - Miles and Miles and Miles From Earth

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    Apollo 16 - April 16 to April 27, 1972 - Photograph and Memories

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    Apollo 17 - December 7 to December 19, 1972 - The Last Step

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    The Skylab Missions - May 25, 1973 to February 8, 1974

    Skylab 3 - July 28, 1973 to September 25, 1973 - The World in my Visor

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    Skylab 4 - November 16, 1973 to February 8, 1974 - A Flare is Born

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    Apollo-Soyuz Test Project - July 15 to July 24, 1975 - The end of the Space Race

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    ASTP Joint Signing Certificate - July 17, 1975 - A Gathering of Speedmasters

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    The Space Shuttle Missions - April 12, 1981 to July 21, 2011

    STS-2 Columbia - November 12, 1981 to November 14, 1981 - The Steely-Eyed Test Pilot

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    NEW - STS-41G Challenger - October 5, 1984 to October 13, 1984 - The First American Woman To Walk In Space

    The payload bay image was photographed during STS-41G and a star field added with six larger stars representing each of the original six women selected to become astronauts in 1978.

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    STS-33 Discovery - November 23, 1989 to November 28, 1989

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    STS-100 Endeavour - April 19, 2001 to May 1, 2001

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    NEW - STS-125 Atlantis - May 11 to May 24, 2009 - Eye on the Universe

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    Learn more about the Starburst Cluster NGC 3603 incorporated into the patch above at HUBBLESITE.

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    The International Space Station the Expedition Missions - November 20, 1998 to Present

    VIDEO - Expedition 40 - May 29 to November 9, 2014 - Window Above The World


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    Expedition 43/44 - March 27 to September 11, 2015 - 878 Days in Space

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    TRANSLATION - 878 Days In Space - Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka returns safely to Kazakhstan onboard Soyuz TMA-16M at 03:51 MSK (Moscow time) on September 12, 2015. Upon completion of Expedition 43/44, his fifth and final mission, Gennady Padalka sets the world record for the most accumulated time in space with 878 days during five spaceflights which included Padalka participating in 10 spacewalks.

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    *This collection has been assembled for my own personal use and its sole purpose is to honor the men and women that participated in the spaceflight program and their achievements. The collection is not endorsed by Omega, The Swatch Group, NASA, or the astronauts participating and there are no commercial or financial interests associated with the collection. In no way do I benefit either financially or otherwise from this collection.
     
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  3. RedMac

    RedMac Jun 6, 2015

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    What a brilliant collection. Great moments of an amazing project. Thanks for sharing it with us.
     
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  4. Slevin kelevra

    Slevin kelevra Jun 6, 2015

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    Great thread!
     
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  5. Jones in LA

    Jones in LA Mmm... must have shiny things... Jun 8, 2015

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    Simply: Wow!
     
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  6. Taddyangle

    Taddyangle Convicted Invicta Wearer Jun 8, 2015

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    :)
     
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  7. bvertz

    bvertz Jun 8, 2015

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    Excellent !
     
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  8. Mad Dog

    Mad Dog Married to MacGyverette! Jun 9, 2015

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    Good stuff, TLIGuy...many thanks for posting this.

    And your new "World-Famous Astronaut" avatar is good stuff too.

    :thumbsup:
     
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  9. Varasc

    Varasc Jun 9, 2015

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    Amazing, indeed. Great images and history.
     
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  10. DLT222

    DLT222 Double D @ ΩF Staff Member Jun 9, 2015

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    I can see this racking up many many views....

    Thx for sharing
     
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  11. Taddyangle

    Taddyangle Convicted Invicta Wearer Jun 9, 2015

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    Hopefully at some point you can share the back story on how you were able to get this project up and running and the fun you had (and perhaps at times challenges) seeing it come together.
     
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  12. Rebeltyler

    Rebeltyler Jun 9, 2015

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    This is a great thread!
     
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  13. watchme

    watchme First Owner - Omega Darkside Jun 10, 2015

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    :thumbsup: great thread, fantastic collection
     
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  14. peep

    peep Jun 11, 2015

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    this is an amazing thread ! thanks for posting !
     
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  15. bencrouch25

    bencrouch25 Jun 11, 2015

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    This post is epic! Thank you for taking the time to put it together.
     
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  16. lwong

    lwong Jun 12, 2015

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    John, if there was a vote for thread of the year, you would have mine hands down. At times I think these posts themselves ought to have some place in the Omega Museum...
     
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  17. bvertz

    bvertz Jun 12, 2015

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    +1
     
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  18. TLIGuy

    TLIGuy Jun 14, 2015

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    Mission Completed....TLIGuy Signing Off
     
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  19. Geordie

    Geordie Jun 19, 2015

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    amazing thread Thank You
     
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  20. tpatta

    tpatta Jun 22, 2015

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    Superb work. Thanks for putting in the time.
     
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