Astronaut Michael Collins, who participated in the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, died at 91. The astronaut’s family announced the news Wednesday, April 28.
“We are saddened to announce that our beloved father and grandfather passed away today after a brave battle with cancer. He spent his last days peacefully surrounded by his family,” the astronaut said in a message posted on Twitter.
Michael Collins is a famous American astronaut who, along with Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, participated in the 1969 lunar mission. As Armstrong and Aldrin conducted the historic landing on the surface of the moon, astronaut Michael Collins remained in the command module orbiting the satellite.
He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in the country’s Air Force. During his service, he was trained as a military pilot. Throughout his time in the Air Force, Collins changed several military bases in the United States and also served for a time at a base near Chaumont, France.
In 1961, Michael Collins completed his extreme flight test training at the U.S. Air Force School and became a test pilot. In 1962, he was on the list of 32 astronaut candidates who were finalists for NASA’s 2nd set. In October 1963, already an Air Force captain, Michael Collins was enlisted as an astronaut in NASA’s 3rd Recruitment.