Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, has died at the age of 90 and was the one who orbited the moon alone while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their historic first steps on the lunar surface.
Source: The Hindu.
Michael Collins was part of the three-man Apollo 11 crew that in 1969 effectively ended the space race between the United States and Russia and fulfilled President John F Kennedy's challenge to reach the moon by the end of the 1960s.
Collins never set foot on the lunar surface like his crewmates Armstrong, who died in 2012, and Aldrin, though he traveled some 383,000 kilometers to the moon and came within 120 kilometers.
"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."
Aldrin, tweeted a picture of the three crewmates laughing.
"This venture has been structured for three men, and I consider my third to be as necessary as either of the other two." "Dear Mike, Wherever you have been or will be, you will always have the Fire to Carry us deftly to new heights and to the future," he wrote.
Collins was part of the three-man Apollo 11 crew that in 1969 effectively ended the space race between the United States and Russia.
He was frequently asked that whether he regretted not landing on the moon, that was never an option for Collins.
The remaining Apollo 11 astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, paid tribute to his crewmates.