Michael Collins was the third member of the Apollo 11 mission that landed on the moon. His father was a Major General in the United States Army, so it was natural for Collins to join a branch of the armed forces. He chose the U.S. Air Force. With a great interest in aeronautics and astronomy, Collins attended the USAF Experimental Flight Test Pilot School and was accepted into NASAs third group of astronauts, along with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. He flew on the Gemini 10 mission before being the command module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Although, he was the only crew member of that mission not to set foot on the moon, Collins knew he was a very necessary part of the mission and felt a great sense of accomplishment as he orbited the moon alone in his spacecraft.
- Astronaut 1
- Institution: West Point Military Academy 1
- To: 1952 1
- Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom:
- 1969 2
- Becomes one in NASA's third group of astronauts:
- October 1963 2
- Lands on the moon:
- 20 Jul 1969 2
- Pilot on the 3-day Gemini X mission:
- 18 Jul 1966 2
- Publishes Carrying the Fire:
- 1974 2
- Retired from NASA:
- 1970 2
- Serves as Command Pilot for Apollo 11 mission:
- 16 Jul 1969 2
- Total Space Hours:
- 266 2
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