Michael Collins, American Astronaut and Test Pilot


Michael Collins (born October 31, 1930) is an American former astronaut and test pilot. Collins graduated from West Point, joined the USAF and flew F-86 Sabre fighters. He was accepted to the USAF Experimental Flight Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in 1960. Selected as part of the third group of fourteen astronauts in 1963, he flew into space twice. His first spaceflight was on Gemini 10, in which he and Command Pilot John Young performed orbital rendezvous with two different spacecraft and undertook two EVAs. His second spaceflight was as the Command Module Pilot for Apollo 11. While he stayed in orbit around the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left in the Apollo Lunar Module to make the first crewed landing on its surface. He is one of 24 people to have flown to the Moon. After retiring from NASA in 1970, Collins took a job in the Department of State as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. A year later, he became the director of the National Air and Space Museum and held this position until 1978, when he stepped down to become undersecretary of the Smithsonian Institution. In 1980, he took a job as vice president of LTV Aerospace. Collins resigned in 1985 to start his own consulting firm. Collins was a long-time trustee of the National Geographic Society and presently serves as Trustee Emeritus.


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23 mars 2019


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