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Michael Collins passes away

Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:39 pm

 
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Re: Michael Collins passes away

Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:37 pm

Very sad news. Aside from his considerable achievements on Gemini 10 and of course, what made his name famous, Apollo 11, he brought the Smithsonian in on time and budget and remained an animated endorser of the space program.
His book, unlike most written entirely by Collins, Carrying The Fire is rightly regarded as a classic account of that period of the space program. Collin's distinct voice and humor resonated throughout.

He was offered, via the rotation system, Commander of Apollo 17 not long after the flight and worldwide tour, Collins however choose his family and a new direction, even walking on the Moon would not top being on such a historic flight as Apollo11.
 
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Re: Michael Collins passes away

Thu Apr 29, 2021 3:14 am

A very understated, well spoken astronaut. His book really reads as if he’s in the room talking to you.

A sad day, but a life well lived. He was a top notch proponent of space travel...someone a few of the remaining Apollo astronauts could learn a few things from.
 
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Re: Michael Collins passes away

Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:35 am

To me, the command module pilots are heroes. I am sure they were so busy that they did not have much time to think, but leaving 2 guys behind was certainly very lonely.

He had a good life. A true hero.
 
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Re: Michael Collins passes away

Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:59 pm

Image

Honoring with this picture a space pioneer which was Roman to some extent!

Translation:
In this house on Oct 31st, 1930 Michael Collins was born, intrepid astronaut of the Apollo 11 mission - first man on the moon.

Rome, proud of its son, placed (this stone) as everlasting memory.

Oct 16th, 1969
 
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Re: Michael Collins passes away

Fri Apr 30, 2021 5:23 pm

Godspeed, sir.
He took one of the most amazing pictures ever. Every single human, except for himself was in it.
 
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Re: Michael Collins passes away

Fri Apr 30, 2021 5:51 pm

Strebav8or wrote:
Godspeed, sir.
He took one of the most amazing pictures ever. Every single human, except for himself was in it.


Interesting perspective. I'd never thought of that.
 
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