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Michael Collins (1930 – 2021)

30 Apr 2021, 01:38 UTC
Michael Collins (1930 – 2021)
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Gemini and Apollo astronaut Michael Collins, our beloved father and grandfather, died on
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 90. This day also marked
the 64th wedding anniversary between Mike and his late wife, Patricia Finnegan Collins.
Please join us in fondly and joyfully remembering his sharp wit, his quiet sense of purpose and
his wise perspective, gained both from looking back at Earth from the vantage of space and
gazing across calm waters from the deck of his fishing boat.
As the command module pilot on NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, Mike circled the moon while Neil
Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down at Tranquility Base on July 20, 1969. When his two
crewmates returned from the surface, he was in the unique position to capture a photo of all of
humanity — his fellow astronauts on board the lunar module and everyone else on Earth off in
the distance.
“Today the nation lost a true pioneer and lifelong advocate for exploration in astronaut Michael
Collins,” acting NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk said in a statement. “As pilot of the Apollo
11 command module – some called him ‘the loneliest man in ...

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