Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, who piloted the three-man Apollo 11 crew which included Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin that made the first historic landing on the moon in 1969, had died aged 90. Collins lost his battle to cancer. “We regret to share that our beloved father and grandfather passed away today, after a valiant battle with cancer,” the family said in a statement. “He spent his final days peacefully, with his family by his side. Mike always faced the challenge 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,” it added.
[Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins Talks to Apollo 11 and Artemis 1 Launch Teams. Credit: NASA]
[On Jan. 9, 1969, NASA announced the prime crew of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. This portrait was taken on Jan. 10, the day after the announcement of the crew assignment. From left to right are lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, commander Neil Armstrong; and command module pilot Michael Collins. Credit: NASA]
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