In 1969, the crew of Apollo 11 visited 23 countries during the “Giant Leap” goodwill tour – nations visited included Mexico, Yugoslavia, and Zaire. Turnout for the tour was phenomenal. For a few weeks, they were bigger than the Beatles; a crowd of 1.5 million gathered to see the astronauts in Mumbai, and the crew, who had only been back from the lunar mission for nine weeks, met with a number ofleaders on an itinerary personally supervised and set by President Richard Nixon. It included Queen Elizabeth II, the Pope, the Emperor of Japan, and the Shah of Iran, to whom they gave, as a souvenir of their visit, an Omega Speedmaster Professional, ref. 145022-68 ST.
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