Michael Collins, an astronaut on the Apollo 11 mission, has died. He died of cancer at the age of 90. His family pronounced him dead.
The Apollo 11 was the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon from NASA’s Apollo program.
During the historic flight to Earth’s natural satellite, Collins was the pilot of the command module and remained in orbit until Neil Armstrong and Buss Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon.
Michael Collins was born on October 31, 1930, in Rome, Italy. He graduated from the American Military Academy in West Point in 1952. From 1952 to 1962 he served as a test pilot in the US Air Force. In 1963 he was received by NASA’s third astronauts.
After retiring from NASA in 1970, he joined the US State Department as Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs. A year later he became director of the National Museum of Air and Space.
He held this position until 1978, when he became a deputy at the Smithsonian Institution. In 1980, he became the Vice President of LTV Aerospace. He resigned in 1985 to start his own business.
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