The astronaut Michael Collins, command pilot of the Historic Apollo 11 Moon Mission, died this Wednesday at the age of 90 a victim of cancer, as reported by the family through a statement.
“He spent his last days in peace, with his family by his side. Mike always faced life’s challenges with grace and humility, and he faced this, his latest challenge, in the same way. We are going to miss him very much, ”the family explained in a farewell letter posted on Twitter.
NASA also joined in condolences with a heartfelt message on your Twitter account. “We mourn the passing of Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, who piloted humanity’s first voyage to the surface of another world. His legacy drives us further into the cosmos ”, says the account of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin departed Cape Canaveral, Florida on July 16, 1969, to head to the Moon as part of NASA’s Apollo program.
From there the Saturn V rocket took off, carrying the spacecraft with the three astronauts who reached the Moon on July 20. As his companions Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface on July 21, 1969, Michael Collins stayed on the ship waiting for them. Therefore, it was the astronaut who traveled on Apollo 11 to the Moon but did not step on it. Collins, who flew into space twice, became known as the “Forgotten astronaut” for staying aboard the command module while his companions made the historic moon landing in 1969.