American astronaut Michael Collins, pilot of the remaining Apollo 11 aircraft left on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went ashore to settle down. the first people walking a month, he died Wednesday at the age of 90, his family said.
In a statement issued by his family, Collins died of cancer.
Often described as a “forgotten” three-year-old in a formal career, Collins was left alone in the legislature for more than 21 hours until his two colleagues returned to the tour. He was unable to contact the mission supervisors in Houston, Texas, as the plane circled the moonlight.
“Not since Adam lived with another man known as Mike Collins,” the mission statement said, referring to a Bible character.
Collins recorded his experience in his 1974 history, Taking Fire, but he avoids fame.
“I know if I were a liar or a fool I would say I have the best seats on the three Apollo 11 seats, but I can honestly say I’m satisfied with what I have,” Collins’ comments released by NASA in 2009.
President Joe Biden said his prayers were for the Collins family.
“From his vantage point, above the Earth, he reminded us of the weakness of our planet, and called on us to treat it as a real asset,” Biden said in a statement. “You’ve driven God away, Mike.”
NASA chief executive Steve Jurczyk on Wednesday praised Collins as a “real pioneer”.
“NASA is deeply saddened by the loss of the pilot, a friend of all who want to push the powerful human envelope … His spirit will go with us as we go farther,” Jurczyk said in a statement.
In a Twitter post, Aldrin paid tribute to Collins.
No matter where you live or where you live, you will always have the Fire to carry us lightly to the surface and into the future. We need you. May You Rest in Peace. # Apollo11 pic.twitter.com/q4sJjFdvf8
– Dr. Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) April 28, 2021
‘Silence for a purpose’
Collins was born in Rome, Italy, on October 31, 1930 – the same year as Armstrong, who died in 2012, with Aldrin. He was a major U.S. military major and, like his father, attended the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, graduating in 1952.
As the first generation of American scientists, Collins began as a pilot pilot.
In 1963, he was chosen by NASA for its astronomical program, still in its early days but growing rapidly in the Cold War as the United States sought to advance the Soviet Union and fulfill President John F Kennedy’s promise to establish a father on the moon at the end of a decade.
Collins’ first spacecraft came in July 1966 as a pilot for the Gemini X, which was part of a mission that developed the NASA Apollo program. The Gemini X’s work was well done by riding with a special car.
Its second, final, airplane was the history of Apollo 11.
Mr. Collins avoids much of the media’s greetings to scholars returning to Earth, and he often criticized the popular media.
After a brief stint in government, Collins became director of the National Air and Space Museum, retiring in 1978. He was also the author of a series of space-related books.
His strongest reminder from Apollo 11, he said, was to look back on the Earth, which he said seemed to be “weak”.
“I truly believe that if world leaders see their planet at a distance of 161,000 kilometers, their attitudes may change. The most important boundaries cannot be overstated, the conflict has been calmed down, ”he said.
According to his family, he knew that “Mike had the opportunity to live the life he did”.
“Please help us with a keen and happy recollection of his peaceable wisdom, his keen interest, and his brilliant ideas, which he gained by looking back at the Earth from the surface and looking at the waiting water from his fishing boat.”