The Watches Worn By NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, Holder Of New U.S. Spaceflight Endurance Record
Cmdr. Kelly with Speedmaster X33. (This and any remaining images through NASA, except if otherwise indicated.)
The first and most obvious watch on Commander Kelly is, of course (and it never stops to delight us to have the option to say this) an Omega Speedmaster Professional. The Speedmaster is as yet in space, working professionally, right up ’til the present time, because of its adoption by Roscosmos (the Russian Federal Space Agency) as the standard issue watch for Soyuz teams, and also for cosmonauts doing EVA at the ISS. The Speedmaster’s history of utilization in space goes back a lot farther than that, of course, yet we actually feel that each Speedmaster Moonwatch owner gets a smidgen of a spring in their progression at whatever point we see one on an astronaut’s wrist today. The Speedmaster originally flew in 1962, with Wally Schirra, and it’s been in more or less continuous use in spaceflight for 54 years, a reality that never stops to enchant us. In the top picture you can unmistakably consider it to be his wrist as he rises out of the Soyuz recovery vehicle.
The other Speedmaster, of course, that is getting a lot of air and space time is the Speedmaster X-33. We had one in for survey a year ago and we gotta say, as far as sheer reasonableness as an aerospace mission watch it’s practically got the field to itself. The caution is extremely loud and it has a plethora of highlights explicitly intended for long-term use in the frosty void of interplanetary space (or, in any event, low Earth orbit) and Commander Kelly had some good comments about it also, as you’ll find in the video below (leap to 7:08).
If you’re wondering what the other watch that Commander Kelly is wearing may be, it is, as he mentions in the video, a rest tracker that he needed to wear for the whole duration of the flight. He doesn’t mention the particular model yet it looks to us a lot like one of the models made by Actigraph .
Now, as Commander Kelly mentions in the video, he also brought another watch aloft with him (and you can’t reprimand the refined man for needing a little assortment in his life; 342 days in space is a lot of days in space). He doesn’t mention the particular model however after a bit of looking around, we’re almost certain what’s on his wrist is a Breitling Navitimer Annual Calendar 1461 . And, as he mentions, it was a blessing from his brother and fellow astronaut, Captain Mark Kelly, former Navy aviator and the veteran of four Shuttle missions.
Commander Kelly wasn’t alone for the ISS Year Long Mission, however; he was joined by another veteran space voyager: cosmonaut Mikhael Korniyenko. We believe it’s protected to accept that Korniyenko had a similar model Speedmaster on his EVA suit as Kelly (as we’ve mentioned it’s the Roscosmos standard issue watch for that specific suit, and as such is utilized on EVA by all ISS group individuals). Korniyenko, however, wore at any rate one other watch, which you can see below: A Fortis Official Cosmonaut’s Automatic Chronograph.
By the way, that Fortis was flown, not simply worn for the exposure picture, we’re happy to say. Below, cosmonaut Korniyenko, shown overhauling the Russian Bioemulsion Experiment during the mission. And the sharp-looked at among you might be wondering what the watch is with the yellow dial on Commander Kelly, on the left – that is a
Breitling Aerospace. Update: a sharp-peered toward peruser’s pointed out to us that this isn’t an Aerospace, yet significantly more prone to be an Emergency; the mark recieving wire is simply visible.
It’s consistently incredible to see the Speedmaster (both Professional and X-33) actually working professionally in the frosty coldness of interplanetary space. It’s intriguing also though, to perceive what folks for whom precise time is substantially more of a fundamental than most of us choose to wear in addition to the typical pack – and ideal to see that Fortis, which has a long-standing relationship with Roscosmos, is as yet getting flight time. We’ll close with some comments imparted to us by NASA’s Kirk English last year:
“The Omega Speedmaster Professional is given by Energia [KLE: the Russian aerospace company] as the standard for crewmembers that fly on the Soyuz, modified with a versatile strap (not Velcro) that wraps around the outside of the Sokol suit rather than a wristband. The Russians have the option to wear it during their EVAs, on the outside of their Orlan spacesuits. On the USOS side [KLE: USOS are generally non-Russian crew], we are not allowed to wear it on the EMU (I don’t believe it’s an affirmed/authorized configuration). The flexible band is too large to wear around the wrist without a space suit, that is the reason you never see crewmembers wearing them inside the ISS.”
“The X-33 is worn by most on the grounds that its alert is truly loud. ESA crewmembers now wear another version of the X-33, with more functions and another color scheme.”
Check out our full photo coverage of the Speedmaster in space throughout history here . For a look at the Speedmaster explicitly intended for long term space flight, look at our r eview of the X-33.
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