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Michael Collins

American - ( NASA)

Deceased

Date of Birth: Oct. 31, 1930
Date of Death: April 28, 2021


Michael Collins (born October 31, 1930) (Major General, USAF, Ret.) was an American former astronaut and test pilot. 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 two rendezvous with different spacecraft and undertook two extra-vehicular activities (EVAs, also known as spacewalks). 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 Lunar Module to make the first manned landing on its surface. He is one of 24 people to have flown to the Moon. Collins was the fourth person, and third American, to perform an EVA; and is the first person to have performed more than one EVA.

Titan II GLV | Gemini X

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
July 18, 1966, 10:20 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Human Exploration

Gemini 10 was the eighth crewed mission of the NASA's Project Gemini. It was commanded by Command Pilot John W. Young and Pilot Michael Collins. Gemini 10 achieved the objectives planned for the last two missions - rendezvous and docking with Agena target vehicle, and EVA. The mission started on July 18, 1966, 22:20:26 UTC and ended on July 21, 1966, 21:07:05 UTC.

Low Earth Orbit
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Saturn V | Apollo 11

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
July 16, 1969, 1:32 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Human Exploration

Apollo 11 was commanded by Neil Armstrong , Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" E. Aldrin. The Mission was to complete the goal that President John F. Kennedy set on May 25, 1961 to land a man on the moon and return the crew back to Earth. On July 20,1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed there Lunar Module on the sea of tranquility this marked the first time a human has set foot upon another celestial body.

Lunar Orbit
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Administrator: Bill Nelson

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Atlas V 421
Success
3 hours, 44 minutes ago
SBIRS GEO-5
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Fifth geosynchronous satellite of the Space Based Infrared System program (SBIRS), providing capabilities for early missile warning and missile defen…


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
2 days, 22 hours ago
Starlink 26 & Rideshare
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 52 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system. Two rideshare satellites a…


Electron
Failure
3 days, 10 hours ago
Running Out of Toes
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

This was the 20th launch of Electron rocket. It carried two Earth imaging microsatellites for BlackSky's constellation which were lost due to a launc…


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Starlink 27
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 2
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Yaogan-30-08
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

The Yaogan-30 is a series of military remote sensing satellites which are launched in triplets. The satellites are spaced by 120° in their orbit.