An ode to the first moonwalk
8 Special Products That Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing
50 years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin climbed down the steps of the Eagle lunar landing vehicle and became the first human beings to walk on the surface of the moon. It was a magnificent feat decades in the making and one that has continued to spur innovation and advancements ever since.
This momentous achievement would not have been possible without products. And not just any products, but superior pieces of gear like the Omega Speedmaster, Hasselblad cameras, and Zero Halliburton Technical Cases all played a pivotal role in that first moonwalk.
To celebrate 50 years of that “one giant leap for mankind,” a handful of brands have released limited edition items — including both a Speedmaster and a Hasselblad. The below eight items are a good compliment to a celebratory day.
Hasselblad 907X Special Edition
The Hasselblad 500 EL was the camera used for each of the Apollo missions, including Apollo 11. For that historic mission, three Hasselblads were taken along: a silver Hasselblad Data Camera (HDC), and two black Hasselblad Electric Cameras (HEC). To pay tribute, Hasselblad has built the 907X Special Edition that includes the 907X camera body and CFV II 50C digital back, both in matte black, just like the HEC that documented the Apollo 11 mission. The inscription “On the Moon Since 1969” commemorates the HDC and HEC that were left on the lunar surface 50 years ago, connecting Hasselblad’s photographic history into one lightweight, medium format package.
Elysian Space Dust IPA Limited Edition
Elysian Brewing’s Space Dust IPA is one of those classic West Coast IPAs that offers a bit more bitterness and oily notes, as opposed to the New England-style IPAs that dominate the craft beer world these days. Since it’s always provided some space-oriented artwork, Elysian decided to create a limited-edition six-pack featuring three different designs that focus on the three phases of the Apollo 11 mission: liftoff, landing and return. The labels are heavy on the retro vibe with photographs on an old television and are a neat little way to celebrate this weekend. The six-packs are only available in Florida in Orlando and Melbourne, Houston, TX, and Washington state.
Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition
The Omega Speedmaster has long been the choice timepiece of astronauts. So a limited-edition version of the iconic watch makes a whole lot of sense. It features the manually wound 3861 movement, a 42mm steel case and the use of “Moonshine Gold” in the indices, bezel, logo, and hands. Commemorative details include an image of an astronaut in the 9 o’clock sub-dial, the 11 o’clock index replaced with an “11” to reference the Apollo mission, and a spacesuit footprint on the case back along with Neil Armstrong’s famous quote (“That’s one small step…”). All of this makes it one special watch with only 6,969 pieces made.
Nike PG 3 NASA 50th Sneaker
Nike has done well to capitalize on space-oriented limited-edition releases in the past — think the Air Max Lunar90 SP Moon Landing and the PG 3 x NASA sneakers. Now for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Nike has created an astronaut suit-inspired PG 3 called the PG 3 NASA 50th. The shoes release at 10 a.m. EST on Nike’s website and only 999 pairs of the shoe were made, so expect to see them on the second-hand market on StockX as soon as today.
Cut Throat x WKRMN Moon Landing Knives
Cut Throat Knives and WKRMN have teamed up to create two limited-edition Moon Landing Knives to for this joyous occasion. The Cut Throat Knives blade is an 8-inch kitchen knife with a harpoon tip and a blade made of 52100 high carbon steel. The WKRMN knife is a foldable pocket knife known as a friction folder which lacks a lock — the blade is held in position by tension from the stainless steel pivot. The blade is made from AEBL steel and is finished with a black cerakote. Both knives include matching “lunar surface” resin handles that feature a moonscape that is an actual scan of the moon. Only 12 sets of these blades were made and they’ll run $776 for the kitchen knife and $353 for the pocket knife.
PUMA Space Explorer Pack
PUMA is jumping onboard the outer space sneaker trend with a special “Space Agency” pack. Featuring two styles, the CELL Alien ($140) and the RS-X “Space Agency” ($120 and seen above), both feature NASA co-branding and futuristic vibes that are nods to both the space agency and extraterrestrial worlds. Both will be available on PUMA’s website and at select retailers starting today.
LEGO NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander
There is seemingly a LEGO set to commemorate just about anything man has done. So of course the iconic toymaker has created a collectible model of the Apollo 11 Eagle lunar module. Coming fitted with two astronauts, an ascent and descent stage, crater footprints, and a U.S. flag, it’s a set worth grabbing and having around for another 50 years.
Zero Halliburton Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited-Edition Technical Cases
Zero Halliburton’s Technical Cases were the ones that were filled with moon rocks and brought back to Earth. The durable, airtight travel cases are fabricated out of high-strength aircraft aluminum that in July 1969 carried back to Earth the most precious cargo ever. Zero Halliburton has built two Limited Edition Techincal Cases (medium and small) as a tribute to those early space-going cases. Emblazoned with the NASA Apollo 11 50th Anniversary logo, there are only 100 cases total of these aluminum cases (50 of each size).
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