Michael Collins, Apollo 11 Astronaut Who Orbited Moon, Dies at 90

Michael Collins, Apollo 11 Astronaut Who Orbited Moon, Dies at 90

Gemini and Apollo astronaut Michael Collins, who orbited the moon during the world’s first lunar landing mission, has died at the age of 90. As the command module pilot on NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, Collins circled the moon while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down at Tranquility Base on July 20, 1969. “That’s baloney,” Collins said on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in 2019. “I honestly felt really privileged to be on Apollo 11, to have one of those three seats. Enlisting in the Air Force, Collins was trained on and flew F-86 fighter jets out of Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and George Air Force Base in California, before being assigned overseas to the Chambley-Bussières Air Base in France and to West Germany during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

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