The Astronaut Michael Collins passed away today, April 28 after fighting against cancer. So in today’s chapter, we are going to be remembering him and his last travel to space as a member of the Apollo 11 mission; which put his colleagues, the astronauts Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin, to walk on the moon for the very first time in history on June 20, 1969.
For many years, Collins avoided being the focus of attention, giving his back to fame. This is one of the reasons why of the three participants of the mission, he was the least popular, event though, thanks to him and all the other participants of the mission, man could explore the moon for the very first time. For this reason, he is often referred to as “The forgotten astronaut of Apollo 11” and It was until recent years that he was more open to giving interviews and sharing his story on the media and even on his own profile on Twitter, where we can rescue some great messages from this legendary astronaut that gained the nickname of “the loneliest man of history” when he orbited out satellite completely alone.
When Michael Collins accepted the mission, It was his second time going to space. However, he told his wife that the chances of a successful mission at times were placed at 50/50. Later during the mission, he expressed: “My secret terror for the last six months has been leaving them on the Moon and returning to Earth alone; now I am within minutes of finding out the truth of the matter, “he wrote. “If they fail to rise from the surface, or crash back into it, I am not going to commit suicide; I am coming home, forthwith, but I will be a marked man for life and I know it.

References and interesting data:

Goldstein, R. (2021, 28 April). Michael Collins, ‘Third Man’ of the Moon Landing, Dies at 90. The New York Times.

Michael Collins on Twitter: “I am certain, if everyone could see the Earth floating just outside their windows, every day would be #EarthDay. There are few things more fragile or more beautiful than Earth, let’s work together today and everyday to protect our home.” / Twitter

Michael Collins, the astronaut who took this photo, is the only human, alive or dead that isn’t in the frame of this picture, 1969 – Rare Historical Photos