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APOLLO 11 Astronaut MICHAEL COLLINS; 90

On April 20, 1969, a defining moment in human history was made. Apollo 11, a manned mission sent by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), succeeded in landing the Lunar Module Eagle on the Moon. Hours later, the first two men on the moon stepped onto the lunar surface: NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. While the televised landing was praised worldwide, a third astronaut sat in the Command Module Columbia, which carried Eagle and the astronauts from Earth. While he is not celebrated like Armstrong and Aldrin, Michael Collins’ role as the rocket pilot was vital. And now, he has passed away.

CBS News tells us that Michael Collins, the sometimes-nicknamed “Forgotten Astronaut” of the Apollo 11 moon mission, has died this past Wednesday, April 28, at the age of 90. A statement by his family revealed that Collins succumbed to cancer at his…

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