Michael Collins, a member of the Apollo 11 crew, passed away

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At the age of 90, the American astronaut Michael Collins, who was part of the Apollo 11 mission (1969), whose crew reached the Moon, died. He succumbed to cancer. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) informed about it on its website on Wednesday (I attach a statement from this link below https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/statements-on-passing-of-michael-collins). Collins was known around the world as "the loneliest man in the universe" because as his colleagues Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) and Buzz Aldrin (*1930) roamed the Moon, he remained in orbit.


Statements on Passing of Michael Collins
Astronaut Michael Collins, Apollo 11 command module pilot
Credits: NASA

The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk on the passing of Michael Collins:

“Today the nation lost a true pioneer and lifelong advocate for exploration in astronaut Michael Collins. As pilot of the Apollo 11 command module – some called him ‘the loneliest man in history’ – while his colleagues walked on the Moon for the first time, he helped our nation achieve a defining milestone. He also distinguished himself in the Gemini Program and as an Air Force pilot.

“Michael remained a tireless promoter of space. ‘Exploration is not a choice, really, it’s an imperative,’ he said. Intensely thoughtful about his experience in orbit, he added, ‘What would be worth recording is what kind of civilization we Earthlings created and whether or not we ventured out into other parts of the galaxy.’

“His own signature accomplishments, his writings about his experiences, and his leadership of the National Air and Space Museum helped gain wide exposure for the work of all the men and women who have helped our nation push itself to greatness in aviation and space. There is no doubt he inspired a new generation of scientists, engineers, test pilots, and astronauts.

“NASA mourns the loss of this accomplished pilot and astronaut, a friend of all who seek to push the envelope of human potential. Whether his work was behind the scenes or on full view, his legacy will always be as one of the leaders who took America's first steps into the cosmos. And his spirit will go with us as we venture toward farther horizons.”

The following is a statement from the Collins family:

“We regret to share that our beloved father and grandfather passed away today, after a valiant battle with cancer. He spent his final days peacefully, with his family by his side. Mike always faced the challenges of life with grace and humility, and faced this, his final challenge, in the same way. We will miss him terribly. Yet we also know how lucky Mike felt to have lived the life he did. We will honor his wish for us to celebrate, not mourn, that life. Please join us in fondly and joyfully remembering his sharp wit, his quiet sense of purpose, and his wise perspective, gained both from looking back at Earth from the vantage of space and gazing across calm waters from the deck of his fishing boat.”
 

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At the age of 90, the American astronaut Michael Collins, who was part of the Apollo 11 mission (1969), whose crew reached the Moon, died. He succumbed to cancer. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) informed about it on its website on Wednesday (I attach a statement from this link below https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/statements-on-passing-of-michael-collins). Collins was known around the world as "the loneliest man in the universe" because as his colleagues Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) and Buzz Aldrin (*1930) roamed the Moon, he remained in orbit.
R.I.P
 

SystemicAnomaly

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If not for Ian Anderson (& Jethro Tull), I probably would not have a recalled who Michael Collins was (the other Michael Collins, that is). That song really got to me when I 1st heard it back in 1970 (the year after the moon landing). Saw JT in concert for the first time that year.

A song about loneliness. About being left behind. The song reflects the softer side of Tull -- with a melody & lyrics that are haunting, introspective, a bit sad and wistful. A song about "the loneliest man" as some had called Michael Collins. One reviewer said about MC, "going to the moon and having to be the designated driver to stay in the capsule".

I'm with you L.E.M
Though it's a shame that it had to be you
The mother ship
Is just a blip from your trip made for two
I'm with you boys
So please employ just a little extra care
It's on my mind
I'm left behind when I should have been there
Walking with you
 

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If not for Ian Anderson (& Jethro Tull), I probably would not have a recalled who Michael Collins was (the other Michael Collins, that is). That song really got to me when I 1st heard it back in 1970 (the year after the moon landing). Saw JT in concert for the first time that year.

A song about loneliness. About being left behind. The song reflects the softer side of Tull -- with a melody & lyrics that are haunting, introspective, a bit sad and wistful. A song about "the loneliest man" as some had called Michael Collins. One reviewer said about MC, "going to the moon and having to be the designated driver to stay in the capsule".

I'm with you L.E.M
Though it's a shame that it had to be you
The mother ship
Is just a blip from your trip made for two
I'm with you boys
So please employ just a little extra care
It's on my mind
I'm left behind when I should have been there
Walking with you
It also must have been difficult knowing that if anything went wrong on the Moon, he'd be going back home alone. In the 90's I worked on a project with some of the engineers who engineered/built the L.E.M.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
It also must have been difficult knowing that if anything went wrong on the Moon, he'd be going back home alone. In the 90's I worked on a project with some of the engineers who engineered/built the L.E.M.
Yeah that would have been something. Quite a long trip to take by yourself. Easily more than a quarter million miles -- I think it took 3+ days to make the trip (one way).

MC had previously taken a 3+ day journey around the Earth on Gemini 10. So he had one other guy with him that time. He became the third man to perform a spacewalk on that flight.

From NBC News:

Apollo 11 was Collins' second flight into space. In his bestselling 1974 memoir, "Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journey," Collins reflected on his solitary time in orbit around the moon — an experience that prompted some to call him "the loneliest man in history."

"I am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life," Collins wrote. "I am it. If a count were taken, the score would be three billion plus two over on the other side of the moon, and one plus God knows what on this side."
 
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