The family of Michael Collins told the world on Wednesday that the NASA astronaut died at the age of ninety after battling cancer. NASA astronauts who were command module pilots for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon left behind a long and historic legacy. To honor his life, let’s take a look at all the great contributions Michael Collins has made to NASA in the name of science.
Family statement on the passing of astronaut Michael Collins pic.twitter.com/6OAw7CzFaz
– Michael Collins (@AstroMCollins) 28 April, 2021
A peaceful departure
The disturbing news about NASA astronaut Michael Collins was shared by his family on Wednesday, who posted a statement on Collins’ Facebook page that opened with: “We regret to share that our beloved father and grandfather died today after a heroic battle with cancer. The family shared that “he spent his last days with his family in peace.”
Family continued: “Mike always faced life’s challenges with grace and humility and, likewise, faced his ultimate challenge. We will miss him dearly. Yet we also know how lucky Mike felt to live his life. We will honor our wish for him, not for mourning, that life ”.
“Please join us freshly and happily remembering his sharp intellect, his calm sense of purpose, and his wise approach, both achieved by looking back from earth to space and staring at the calm waters of his fishing boat. Of. Our family asks for privacy during this difficult time. Details on services will be forthcoming ”
– Michael Collins (@AstroMCollins) 13 June 2019
Legacy superseded Michael Collins
Michael Collins spent seven years of his career as a NASA astronaut, and the administration has also shared a statement recalling his life-long work. NASA Administrator Steve Jurski wrote:Today the nation lost a true pioneer and lifelong advocate for exploration to astronaut Michael Collins.
“As the pilot of the Apollo 11 command module – some called him ‘the loneliest man in history’ – when his colleagues first stepped on the moon, they helped our nation achieve a defining milestone.” He made a mark in the Gemini program and also as an Air Force pilot. Michael remained a tireless promoter of space. “Exploration is not an option, in fact, it is a must,” he said.
“His own signature achievements, his writings about his experiences, and his leadership of the National Air and Space Museum helped to gain widespread exposure to the work of all the men and women who have made our nation great in aviation and space Has helped in pushing towards. There is no doubt that he inspired a new generation of scientists, engineers, test pilots and astronauts.
Wherever you have been or will live, you will always have the fire to take us to new heights and into the future. we will miss you. God bless your soul. # Apollo 11 pic.twitter.com/q4sJjFdvf8
– Dr. Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) 28 April, 2021
“NASA mourns the loss of this accomplished pilot and astronaut who are all friends who want to push the envelope of human potential. Whether his work is behind the scenes or on full view, his legacy will always be as one of the leaders who took America’s first step into the universe. And his soul will go with us as we are heading towards the far horizon.
Former NASA astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, the lunar module pilot of the Apollo 11 mission, also wrote on Facebook to mourn, “Dear Mike, wherever you have been or will live, you always have the fire to carry. Will. Clever us to new heights and to the future. We will miss you. May God rest your soul. # Apollo 11 “.
Michael Collins was an astronaut in the Gemini program, the third American to walk the spacewalk, and according to NASA entered space for a total of 266 hours. While contemplating his mission, he said that although it was wonderful to see the moon up close, it was the view of the Earth from his vantage point that was really stealing the attention of astronauts.
I’m sure, if everyone can see the earth floating right outside their windows, then every day will be #Earth Day.
Few things are more fragile or more beautiful than Earth, let’s work today and everyday to protect our home. pic.twitter.com/XJO3RSJczw
– Michael Collins (@AstroMCollins) April 22, 2021
Collins mirrored: “I said ‘Hey, Houston, I’ve got the world in my window. And the world is about the size of your thumbnail if you hold it in front of you by arm’s length. The entire focus of your attention is on this little one.’ Goes into the thing. It’s in a black void, which makes its colors even more impressive. ”
“Mainly, you get blue of the oceans, white of the clouds, you get a slight streak of tan that we call the continent, but they are not noticeable. It just looks awesome. Oddly, it somehow Feeling fragile. You want to take care of it. You want to nurture it. You want to be good for it. All the beauty, it was amazing, it was small, this is our home, everything I knew, but Delicate, awkward “.