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Wed Apr 28, 2021, 12:42 PM

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins dies at 90, family says

Source: NY Daily News

Astronaut Michael Collins, who was part of the Apollo 11 crew, has died after a “valiant” battle with cancer, his family announced in a statement Wednesday. He was 90.

“He spent his final days peacefully, with his family by his side,” the statement reads. “Mike always faced the challenges of life with grace and humility, and faced this, his final challenge, in the same way. We will miss him terribly.”

The Italy-born astronaut was the command module pilot for the historic 1969 lunar mission. He circled the moon aboard Apollo 11 as fellow astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed and walked on its surface.

“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.

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By NELSON OLIVEIRA
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
APR 28, 2021 AT 12:35 PM


Read more: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-michael-collins-apollo-astronaut-dead-cancer-battle-20210428-dynx26wcszdyfjx4jjyo3ya6nm-story.html



Related: Statements on Passing of Michael Collins (NASA)

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Reply Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins dies at 90, family says (Original post)
Eugene Apr 28 OP
MerryHolidays Apr 28 #1
hamsterjill Apr 28 #2
Pobeka Apr 28 #3
Dennis Donovan Apr 28 #4
Snackshack Apr 28 #5
cab67 Apr 28 #6
AllaN01Bear Apr 28 #7
48656c6c6f20 Apr 28 #8
FailureToCommunicate Apr 28 #11
tonekat Apr 28 #18
oldsoftie Apr 28 #9
PoliticAverse Apr 28 #10
turbinetree Apr 28 #12
RobinA Apr 28 #15
turbinetree Apr 28 #16
FakeNoose Apr 28 #13
sarge43 Apr 28 #14
drmeow Apr 28 #17
Larissa Apr 30 #19

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 12:47 PM

1. Wonderful person and great hero

Thank you, General Collins, for being a genuine hero and for being a rock of stability. Rest in peace, Sir.


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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 12:50 PM

2. We've lost a brave soul.

May he Rest In Peace and assurance.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 12:53 PM

3. RIP

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 01:11 PM

4. Cross Gently, General Collins.

🚀👩‍🚀

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 01:47 PM

5. Sad to see this.

Listening to him in interviews was always a joy. The excitement and admiration he had for Space always came thru.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 02:37 PM

6. At one point, he was the most remote human being in history.

His orbits would put him on the opposite side of the moon from the lunar module with Armstrong and Aldrin. This also put him on the opposite side of the moon from the earth. The two closest human beings to him were literally on the other side of the moon, and everyone else was on an entirely different celestial body.

He took a picture of the lunar module, with the earth behind it, after the lunar and command modules separated. That one photograph included every animal and plant on or from earth with one exception - himself.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 03:28 PM

7. dang , i watched the apollo 11 landing when i was a boy.

silent key . he was the least known member of that crew who sat in the command module whilst the others did their moon walkabout.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 03:29 PM

8. A man all alone

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Response to 48656c6c6f20 (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 04:31 PM

11. Thanks. I was going to post this. RIP Michael Collins


"I'm with you L.E.M
Though it's a shame that it had to be you
The mother ship
Is just a blip from your trip made for two
I'm with you boys
So please employ just a little extra care
It's on my mind
I'm left behind when I should have been there
Walking with you"

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #11)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 10:17 PM

18. Nice to see this song here

I posted it on another forum today.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 03:43 PM

9. I always wished he'd been able to do one more mission & walked the moon himself.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 03:59 PM

10. Rest in peace fire carrying guy. n/t

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 04:46 PM

12. "Carrying the Fire," he addressed his role as the "forgotten astronaut" during the Apollo 11 mission

“Far from feeling lonely or abandoned, I feel very much a part of what is taking place on the lunar surface,” he wrote. “I know that I would be a liar or a fool if I said that I have the best of the three Apollo 11 seats, but I can say with truth and equanimity that I am perfectly satisfied with the one I have. This venture has been structured for three men, and I consider my third to be as necessary as either of the other two.”

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Response to turbinetree (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 08:59 PM

15. I Have Never

forgotten him. I was always conscious of him way out there when I saw moon landing pictures or watched it live.

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Response to RobinA (Reply #15)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 09:07 PM

16. And he was very humble in his role in that history........

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 04:46 PM

13. He was the ultimate team player

Rest in Peace Gen. Michael Collins and thank you sir, for your bravery and your service.


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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 07:50 PM

14. CAVU, Airman

Thank you and rest in starlight.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Apr 28, 2021, 10:09 PM

17. He was my mom's cousin

I met him twice - once when we visited him at the Smithsonian in 1978 or 1979 and once at a Collins family reunion about 20 years ago.

I'm guessing my mom would like to go to the memorial but I don't think it will be possible.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 02:03 PM

19. BBC Interview with Michael Collins

The host of the BBC's show HARDtalk, Stephen Sackur, interviewed Michael Collins on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon. These astronauts knew that the chances of the mission failing somewhere along the line were relatively high, but they were optimistic about surviving. (In the event of a mishap, a statement had already been drawn up.) Collins mentions that the maneuver they prepared for the most, during the training for the mission, was the rendezvous and docking of the lunar "Eagle" module with the "Columbia" (manned by Collins) for the return flight home. Talk about having the "right stuff!" The other thing I never thought of was the loss of contact with Mission Control during Collins' flybys on the far side of the moon.



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