Forgotten Astronaut Michael Collins’ Cause of Death Released
Part of the three-member crew on Apollo 11, the first lunar landing mission in 1969, Michael Collins’ cause of death was clarified after the astronaut passed away at the age of 90. Rest in power.
As an astronaut on one of the most famous space missions of all time, he unlike Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, never walked on the moon, but stayed behind, piloting the command module as it circled above.
Collins is often called the ‘forgotten astronaut’, however, he played a key role in the success of the Apollo 11 mission.
Neil Armstrong walked on the moon for the first time and said that memorable phrase, “Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed,” while Collins was in orbit, 60 miles upper, so busy, and so excited, replying to the team in Houston he was listening to their conversations with his comrades, and it was “fantastic.”
Buzz and Neil both were on the lunar surface for just about 22 hours and the world was fascinated while seeing them bunny-hop along, take photos, and collect samples through their single, short walk on the mysterious moon, while Collins was orbiting the moon. ‘Forgotten Astronaut’ said that time, “The thing I remember most is the view of planet Earth from a great distance,” he added later. “Tiny. Very shiny. Blue and white. Bright. Beautiful. Serene and fragile.”
Cancer Becomes Michael Collins’ Cause of Death
Michael Collins had been battling cancer and it finally became his cause of death. In a statement published by his heartbroken family, they wrote, “He spent his final days peacefully, with his family by his side. Mike always faced the challenges of life with grace and humility, and faced this, his final challenge in the same way.”
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Born in 1930 in Rome, Mike Collins’ father was a major general in the U.S. Army, so service and duty were always a notable part of Collins’ life. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he entered the Air Force to become a test pilot.
In 1963, NASA selected him as an astronaut and he had his first flight aboard Gemini 10. He reportedly became the fourth human to conduct a spacewalk on that mission,.
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While Michael was circling, he could speak to controllers, however, when he was back of the moon, he was totally done. It was due to this part of the mission that some called him the loneliest man in humanity. As he recalled in a 2016 NPR interview, he did not agree, saying, “The fact that I was … out of communications, rather than that being a fear, that was a joy because I got Mission Control to shut up for a little while. Every once in a while.”
“It’s a shame that when people are asked, ‘Can you name the Apollo 11 crew.’ Mike Collins is normally the name that doesn’t come to mind,” stated Francis French of the San Diego Air and Space Museum who also is the author of several books on the space program.
َAdding, “Because in many ways he was the keystone of the mission. He was the one who really knew how to fly the spacecraft solo (the only person who flew a spacecraft solo in the entire mission) and the only one who could get all three of them home.”