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Astronaut Michael Collins, Pilot Of The First Trip To The Moon, Dies | Voice Of America

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, who piloted the spacecraft from which Neill Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin jumped to print the first human footprints on the moon in 1969, died Wednesday of cancer, his family said. He was 90 years old. Collins made history with the Apollo 11 crew by ending the space race between the United States and Russia and helped meet the challenge posed by then-President John F. Kennedy of reaching the Moon during the 1960s. Collins piloted the spacecraft to the moon, traveling some 238,000 miles, but never set foot on the lunar surface, as did Aldrin and Armstrong, both of whom died in 2012. None of the three flew into space again after that historic mission. “It’s human nature to reach out, go, see, understand,” Collins said on the 10th anniversary of the moon landing, in 1979. “Exploration is not really a choice, it is an imperative, and it is simply a matter of time. until the moment the option is exercised. “NASA presents its plan to take a first woman to the Moon NASA prepares the technology to return to the moon after 48 years. This time it plans to take the first woman. In 2021 there will be an unmanned trip around the moon and another with a crew in 2023, a flight in 2024 would include a woman. In a statement, Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk said: “Either Whether his work is behind the scenes or on display, his legacy will always be as one of the leaders who took America’s first steps in the cosmos. ”Collins was born in the Italian capital, Rome, on Halloween 1930. His His parents were Virginia Collins and United States Army Major General James L. Collins.After graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1952, a year after Aldrin, Collins joined the Air Force, where he became fighter pilot and test pilot. or John Glenn’s 1962, who made him the first American to orbit the Earth, convinced Collins to apply for NASA. He was accepted on his second attempt, in 1963, as part of the third group of selected astronauts. Collins’ first mission was the 1966 Gemini 10, one of the two-man missions conducted in preparation for flights to the Moon. Connect with the Voice of America! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and activate notifications; or, follow us on social networks: Facebook, Twitter

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