Apollo 11 astronaut Micheal Collins, who piloted the ship from which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left to make the first Historic steps on the moon in 1969 died on Wednesday. He was suffering from the dreadful disease of cancer, and was severely ill for a long period, according to his family.
“It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand,” Collins said on the 10th anniversary of the moon landing in 1979. “Exploration is not a choice really — it’s an imperative, and it’s simply a matter of timing as to when the option is exercised.”
NASA Administration expressed its condolences to his family and asserted that whether his work was behind the scenes or on it, his legacy will always be reminiscent of the journey of the USA’s exploration in space. While Armstrong and Aldrin descended to the moon’s surface in the lunar lander, Collins remained affirmed to stay in the command module, Columbia. Collins was alone for nearly 28 hours before Armstrong and Aldrin finished their tasks on the moon’s surface and lifted off in the lunar lander. Collins was responsible for re-docking the two spacecraft before the men could begin heading back to Earth.