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Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins died at 90: family

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Michael Collins is best known for being a member of the Apollo 11 mission.

Washington:

American astronaut Michael Collins, who piloted the Apollo 11 command module as his crewmates became the first people to land on the moon on July 20, 1969, died Wednesday after battling cancer, he said. his family.

“Mike has always faced life’s challenges with grace and humility, and he faced this, his latest challenge, in the same way,” Collins’ family wrote on their official Twitter account.

“Please join us in lovingly and joyfully remembering her keen spirit, her tranquil sense of purpose and her wise outlook, acquired both by looking back at Earth from the perspective of space and by looking across the calm waters from the bridge. of his fishing boat. “

Details on the service would be forthcoming, they added.

Born in Rome in 1930 to an American Army officer who served as a military attaché there, Collins became a fighter pilot with the Air Force and retired with the rank of major general.

He is best known for being a member of the Apollo 11 mission when his crewmates Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to set foot on the Moon.

Collins would go on to say that the experience changed his perspective forever, imprinting him with the fragility of our home planet.

“When we went out and looked at (the Moon), oh, it was a fantastic sphere,” he said at a 2019 event at George Washington University to commemorate the 50th anniversary.

But “as magnificent as it was, impressive, and as far as I will remember it, it was nothing, nothing compared to this other window out there,” he continued.

“Out there was this pea about the size of an inch at arm’s length: blue, white, very bright, you get the blue of the oceans, the white of the clouds, streaks of rust we call continents, such a beautiful thing. , tiny, nestled in this black velvet from the rest of the universe. “

Collins never returned to space, but went on to become a diplomat, serving as an assistant secretary of state for public affairs at the height of the Vietnam War.

He later became the first director of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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