Last Updated: 01 Jan, 2023 | Views: 191
Other Profession(s): Fighter Pilot, Test pilot
Higher Education: Graduate
Michael Collins. one of the great astronauts, was born on October 31, 1930, and died on April 28, 2021. In 1969, he and his crewmates, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, flew the Apollo 11 command module Columbia around the Moon. They also made the first crewed landing on the moon, during which they flew the Apollo 11 command module Columbia around the moon. In addition to being a test pilot, he served the United States Air Force Reserves.
Upon joining the United States Air Force, he was assigned to the Chambley-Bussières Air Base, France, where he flew F-86 Sabre fighters.
In 1960, he was accepted to the United States Air Force Experimental Flight Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, where he graduated. He was also accepted to the Aerospace Research Pilot School (Class III) of the United States Air Force.
The West Point classmate Ed White was named as the backup mission commander for Gemini 7 in late June 1965, just two weeks after Collins was assigned his first crew assignment.
1966: When Gemini 7 was successfully completed, Michael Collins became the prime crew of Gemini 10. Still, with John Young as the mission commander, White went on to the Apollo program after Gemini 7.
1971: International Air & Space Hall of Fame
1993: U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
1985: National Aviation Hall of Fame
In 2021, Collins died from cancer at the age of 90 in Naples, Florida, at home.
During the Apollo 11 mission, Buzz Aldrin became the last survivor, and he said, "wherever [Collins has] been or will be, you will always be able to carry us deftly to new heights and carry us forward in your immense power.".