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Thursday, June 14, 2001 6:41PM IST (1:11PM GMT)
Chief Minister inaugurates Omega space exhibition in Delhi
New Delhi, Delhi, India

The Omega space exhibition, "Speedmaster Missions - Moon to Mars", capturing some of the greatest moments in the history of man's exploration of outer space, was inaugurated here today by Ms Sheila Dikshit, Honourable Chief Minister of Delhi. The Omega space exhibition will be open to citizens of Delhi from June 14th to June 17th at the India Habitat Centre. The exhibition, which has enthralled Mumbaiites over the past two weeks, was inaugurated in Mumbai by Eugene Cernan, Omega brand ambassador and the last man on the moon. Opening the exhibition, Ms Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, said, "I remember the thrill and excitement I experienced when man first landed on the moon. I am reliving those moments today. I have no doubt the citizens of Delhi will enjoy this as much as I have."
The Omega space exhibition, "Speedmaster Missions - Moon to Mars", is open to all space enthusiasts. Visitors to the exhibition can see the Lunar Rover that Eugene Cernan drove on the moon, a space suit that he wore on one of his missions and a life size 'Mars explorer', the Sojourner. Also on display, for the first time in India, is a special series of 22 limited-edition Omega watches, each decorated with the patch of the NASA mission of which it was a part. The patches, designed by the astronauts before each mission, are symbolic of each unique foray into space. The Omega Speedmaster has the distinction of being the only watch worn on the moon and is the only watch flight-qualified for manned space flight missions by the American and Russian space agencies. As part of the standard issue equipment for all NASA astronauts, it had to undergo rigorous tests, which included conditions of zero gravity and magnetic fields, extreme shocks, vibrations and varying temperatures before it received the green light for use in outer space.

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