Michael Collins was the third astronaut in the Apollo 11 mission, and many people don’t even know the role he played in the mankind’s giant leap.
The man who was the return ticket of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the earth is often overlooked in history textbooks with little to no mention, his name is Michael Collins.
- Michael Collins was one of the three astronauts on the Apollo 11 space mission, making his way as the command module pilot.
- His job was to stay in orbit around the moon as the other crew members travelled to the surface of the moon and tend the mother ship.
- In case the lunar module failed to climb to sufficient altitude when it was time to come home, he was the man responsible to dive to a lower orbit and rescue the other two.
- He was also offered to walk on the moon for the later Apollo mission, of which he denied because of the time he wanted to spend with his family.
- Michael Collins remembers how terrifying the moment was even thinking about coming back to earth after losing both Armstrong and Aldrin.
- Collins was US Air Force Elite Experimental Pilot before joining NASA and was the first person to spacewalk more than once on a single spaceflight.
- He has written many books after quitting NASA and become the first director of the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum.