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Heroes of Space: Michael Collins

9 Apr 2018, 02:00 UTC
Heroes of Space: Michael Collins
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Michael Collins was born In Rome, Italy, on 30 October 1930. He moved to Washington D.C. and graduated from St. Albans School, and in 1952 he received a bachelor of science degree at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York. Like Neil Armstrong he served as both a fighter pilot and experimental test pilot for the US Air Force, logging over 4,200 hours of flying time.
He was selected among the third group of astronauts by NASA along with Buzz Aldrin in October 1963. His first mission into space was as the pilot on the three-day Gemini 10 mission, launch on 18 July 1966, during which he set a world altitude record and completed two spacewalks.
Following this mission he was selected as the Command Module pilot for Apollo 11, which meant he remained in orbit around the moon while Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the surface. In a series of questions and answers prepared for the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11’s mission in 2009, Collins alluded to a feeling of worry for his crewmates rather than loneliness as he became the first human to orbit the Earth alone. “Far from feeling lonely or abandoned, I feel very ...

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