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Michael Collins

Date: 01 May 2021 Tags: Obituaries

Issue

Pilot of Apollo 11 mission spacecraft and astronaut, Michael Collins passed away recently in United States.

 

Background

The Apollo 11 mission was famous for landing astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin on the surface of the Moon for the first time.

 

Details

  • In 1961, the idea of crewed lunar landing mission was conceptualised. In 1969, the Apollo mission took off with the three astronauts.

  • Apollo 11 mission was the first manned Moon mission undertaken by any country. It became popular for increasing the capabilities of US.

  • Armstrong and Aldrin became famous for their adventure but Collins did not receive widespread recognition as he had not landed on Moon’s surface.

  • Collins was piloting the command module and was the source of communication between command centre on Earth and the astronauts.

 

Career of Collins

  • Collins was the backup pilot for Gemini VII mission before piloting the famous Apollo 11 mission.

  • Collins was in-charge of performing manoeuvring tasks so that landing module can safely attach back to the command module during return of astronauts from Moon’s surface.

  • Collins became the Director of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington after quitting NASA in 1970.