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Michael Collins

Michael CollinsBorn: 31-Oct-1930
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronaut

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Apollo 11 command module pilot

Military service: US Air Force

Mike Collins was the third man in the historic Armstrong and Aldrin Apollo 11 mission that put the first men on the moon on July 20, 1969. As pilot of the command module Collins circled in lunar orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned in the lunar launch craft. Collins was also the first man to space walk from one spacecraft to another (Gemini 10, July 1966).

In 1970 Mike Collins retired from the Air Force and left NASA. After a brief stint as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, he served as the first Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum (1971 to 1978). Collins has also authored several books about space, including Liftoff, Space Machine and the acclaimed Carrying the Fire.

Wife: Patricia M. Finnegan (two daughters, one son)

    High School: St. Alban's School, Washington, DC
    University: BS, US Military Academy, West Point

    Alfalfa Club 1977
    American Astronautical Society Fellow
    Association of Space Explorers
    National Space Society Board of Governors
    Hollywood Walk of Fame
    National Aviation Hall of Fame
    Ticker-Tape Parade for the crew of Apollo 11 (13-Aug-1969)
    Asteroid Namesake 6471 Collins

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Youth in Revolt (11-Sep-2009) · Old Man
    In the Shadow of the Moon (19-Jan-2007) · Himself
    For All Mankind (Jan-1989) [VOICE]
    R.O.T.O.R. (1989) · Voice [VOICE]


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