Michael Collins: Facts you didn’t know about the Apollo 11 astronaut

Michael Collins, the Apollo 11 astronaut passes away at 90
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Michael Collins is the name we all are familiar with. He was one of the three crew members of the first manned mission to the Moon, Apollo 11.

It was made possible in the year 1969. Collins died at the age of 90. He died fighting cancer.

Collins out of the three had stayed in lunar orbit. While his colleagues Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon.

Few facts about Michael Collins

After a brief stint in politics, Collins began painting and writing.

He retired to Florida after leaving NASA.

In July 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins strapping into their Apollo spacecraft on top of the vast Saturn V rocket were propelled into orbit in just over 11 minutes.

The mission made Armstrong and Aldrin the first humans to set foot on the moon. Though Collins remained in the command module throughout the mission.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin however took most of the limelight for the first Moon landing in 1969.

But their crew fellow Michael Collins, equally important for the mission’s success.

The crew returned to Earth in the Pacific Ocean on 24 July.

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