American astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon. The pilot of Apollo 11's lunar module wore an Omega Speedmaster as part of his equipment. The watch later became standard for all astronauts. (Nasa)
The European Ariane rocket releases its payload fairing, built by Zurich firm Contraves. (CNES)
Physics professor Johann Geiss holds a cylinder containing a section of a solar sail (right) deployed on the Moon. The sail, developed at Bern University, was used by American astronauts to measure solar winds. (Keystone)
The American Genesis probe after crashing back to Earth in the Utah desert. The surviving samples of solar wind on board are being analysed at Zurich's Federal Institute of Technology. (USAF 388th Range Sqd)
Europe's Galileo global positioning system will rely on 30 geostationary satellites carrying atomic clocks made in Neuchâtel. (Esa)
Precise and reliable, Swiss technology has long been used for space missions.