A Star Certificate for Michael Collins
The US astronaut of the Apollo 11 mission
Together with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins was part of the crew of the first moon landing. However, hardly anyone knows this because he remained alone in orbit while Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon. He is therefore often referred to as the "forgotten third" astronaut.
Why did Micheal Collins deserve his own star?
Michael Collins was no less than the pilot of the Apollo 11 command module that led to the first manned lunar landing. Rejection from NASA's second astronaut group did not stop him from continuing to pursue his dream. Even his later exclusion from his team due to health ailments lasted only a short time - he was re-nominated as a pilot for the lunar landing mission in late 1968.
Despite some obstacles, Michael Collins was persistent enough not to lose sight of his dream and eventually achieved it. For this he deserves his own star!
Registration Number 4615-63299-4777147
The life of Michael Collins
In October 1930 he was born in Rome, as the son of a U.S. military officer. Later Collins studied at the military academy at West Point, first starting to work as a fighter pilot and then as a test pilot. In 1966, he became the first astronaut to capture an obsolete satellite during a spacewalk, spending a total of eleven days in space at the time.
He was then nominated to pilot an Apollo spacecraft, but Collin had to withdraw from the team in 1968 for health reasons, having developed disc problems in his cervical vertebrae that affected his legs. After he recovered, he was re-nominated to pilot the Apollo 11 command capsule.
He spent a total of 266 hours in space on the lunar mission, doing holding patterns in the Columbia Command Module while his colleagues Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. He was often asked afterwards whether he did not feel like the loneliest person in the world alone in the command capsule, because there was a 47-minute period during each orbit when Collins had no radio contact with Earth or his colleagues on the surface of the moon. However, it apparently didn't bother him much; instead, he felt "awareness, anticipation, satisfaction, confidence, almost jubilation" during this time.
Michael Collins received the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, after landing on Earth. After the Apollo 11 flight, he was offered the opportunity to become a replacement commander of Apollo 14 and to walk on the moon himself as commander of Apollo 17. But Collins turned down the offer, left NASA the following year and spent a long time as director of the Smithsonian Institution's new National Air and Space Museum. He also went into business again after that, founding a company and writing books about his time at NASA and in space.
On April 28, 2021, noted pilot Micheal Collins died of cancer at the age of 90.
Although Collins is often relegated to the background, the success of Apollo 11 is also due to him, as without him the moon landing could not have been successfully accomplished. Therefore a very special star was named only for him. You can spot this star in the night sky from anywhere using the Star Finder App under registration number 4615-63299-4777147. It will serve as a reminder of his brave deed.