Collins, Michael (1930)
|born on||31 October 1930|
|Place||Rome, Italy, 41n54, 12e29|
|Timezone||MET h1e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||07°18' or|
American astronaut who flew the Apollo 11 command module Columbia around the Moon on 20 July 1969 while his crewmates, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, made the first crewed landing on the surface. Collins is often called the "forgotten astronaut." He was also a test pilot and major general in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
Collins graduated from the United States Military Academy with the Class of 1952. He joined the United States Air Force, and flew F-86 Sabre fighters at Chambley-Bussières Air Base, France. He was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Experimental Flight Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in 1960, also graduating from the Aerospace Research Pilot School (Class III).
Selected as part of NASA's third group of 14 astronauts in 1963, Collins flew in space twice. His first spaceflight was on Gemini 10 on 18 July 1966, in which he and Command Pilot John Young performed orbital rendezvous with two spacecraft and undertook two extravehicular activities (EVAs, also known as spacewalks).
On the 1969 Apollo 11 mission he became one of 24 people to fly to the Moon, which he orbited thirty times. He was the fourth person (and third American) to perform a spacewalk, the first person to have performed more than one spacewalk, and, after Young, who flew the command module on Apollo 10, the second person to orbit the Moon alone.
After retiring from NASA in 1970, Collins took a job in the Department of State as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. A year later, he became the director of the National Air and Space Museum, and held this position until 1978, when he stepped down to become undersecretary of the Smithsonian Institution. In 1980, he took a job as vice president of LTV Aerospace. He resigned in 1985 to start his own consulting firm. Along with his Apollo 11 crewmates, Collins was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2011.
Collins married Patricia Mary Finnegan in 1957. They had a daughter, actress Kate Collins, in 1959, a second daughter, Ann, in 1961 and a son, Michael, in 1963. Collins died from cancer on 28 April 2021 in Naples, Florida at the age of 90.
- associate relationship with Aldrin, Buzz (born 20 January 1930)
- associate relationship with Armstrong, Neil (born 5 August 1930)
- associate relationship with Young, John W. (born 24 September 1930)
- sibling relationship with Collins, James Lawton Jr. (born 5 November 1917)
- compare to chart of Space: Apollo 11 (Launch) (born 16 July 1969)
- compare to chart of Space: NASA (born 29 July 1958)
- Relationship : Marriage 1957 (Patricia Finnegan)
- Work : Prize 1969 (Presidential Medal of Freedom)
- Work : Prize 2011 (Congressional Gold Medal)
- Death of Mate 2014 (Patricia Finnegan)
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Sy Scholfield quotes Collins on Twitter, "Thank you all for your good wishes on my birthday yesterday! 90 feels great" (posted 1 Nov 2020) , "My father was Military Attache at the US Embassy in Rome, where I was born in 1930" .
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- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer
- Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Patricia Finnegan)
- Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
- Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Kate Collins, actress)
- Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Born in Italy)
- Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Cancer)
- Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 90)
- Vocation : Business : Top executive
- Vocation : Military : Honors (Air Force)
- Vocation : Military : Military service
- Vocation : Travel : Astronaut
- Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ military
- Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Carrying the Fire")
- Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame
- Notable : Awards : Public Service
- Notable : Famous : Historic figure