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Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins dies
aged 90: NASA pilot who flew command
module Columbia during the Moon landing
passes away after 'valiant' battle with cancer

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Posted By: Imright, 4/28/2021 2:14:12 PM

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins has died at the age of 90 after a battle with cancer, his family confirmed Wednesday morning. Collins was part of the three-man crew that made history with the lunar landing in 1969, but unlike Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, he never walked on the moon.However, Collins was tasked with piloting the command module that circled 60 miles above his comrades and took home a different and unique experience of the mission.'The thing I remember most is the view of planet Earth from a great distance,' he said later. 'Tiny. Very shiny. Blue and white. Bright. Beautiful. Serene and fragile.'

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Reply 1 - Posted by: voxpopuli 4/28/2021 2:36:00 PM (No. 769791)
he was NINETY! good going..
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Reply 2 - Posted by: NeverForget 4/28/2021 2:51:43 PM (No. 769801)
Never before had a man been so alone, so distant from any other human being than Michael Collins was in July of 1969.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Son of Grady 4/28/2021 3:09:40 PM (No. 769811)
I always had a degree of sorrow for Michael Collins after Apollo11. Certainly no reason to, He is and always will be a Great American hero.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 4/28/2021 3:23:06 PM (No. 769822)
Definitely one of my heroes when growing up. All those astronauts, especially the early ones like Collins are really impressive individuals, and took a lot of risks. Even the Shuttle era astronauts had plenty of risk, and not all came home. I know two astronauts personally, met a couple others and have had the opportunity to fly formation with and become friends with two later generation astronauts one Military/NASA, one civil. They both are really interesting guys and a really solid pilots. The NASA guy spent a lot of time on the Space Station, was amazing at his geography from seeing from overhead for so long. I've heard Collins speak before, drove three hours to be there. Well worth it. RIP, Hero.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Avikingman 4/28/2021 3:54:54 PM (No. 769855)
Cheered for them all, but Collins stood out for me. His book, Carrying the Fire, was well written and received. He "flew" on early Gemini flights as well. May God heartily receive him and rest his high flying soul.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: WesternTradition 4/28/2021 5:01:40 PM (No. 769891)
A true American icon and hero. All three of the Apollo astronauts will be remembered forever.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 4/28/2021 5:25:38 PM (No. 769914)
Rest in Peace, Mr. Collins. The Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Shuttle Programs were America's hallmark. The world always wondered how such accomplishments were even possible at the time. And now we are going to Mars.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: MickTurn 4/28/2021 9:21:26 PM (No. 770045)
Real HERO's Pass away and Scum still sits in Congress and the White House!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: RayLRiv 4/29/2021 12:38:09 PM (No. 770676)
Hornet+1 Heaven+2
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Reply 10 - Posted by: DVC 4/29/2021 5:54:50 PM (No. 770968)
And set Bravo Zulu as the signal, #11.
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