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Michael Collins, who piloted the Apollo 11 spacecraft Columbia in orbit 60 miles above the moon while his crewmates, Neil Armstrong and Col. Buzz Aldrin, became the first men to walk on the lunar surface, died on Wednesday at a Fort Myers font free facility in Naples, Fla.

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He was out of sight and out of contact with his home planet. Then Armstrong and Aldrin prepared their lander for its launch. Nor were the astronauts alone.

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We survived hazardous careers and were successful in them. The Observer Apollo This article is more than 12 years old. But the name Michael Collins is rarely recalled, despite his critical role in the historic flight of Apollo Not that he holds grudges. By contrast, Collins - shaded from the glare of publicity - has avoided such personal traumas and is still with his wife, Patricia, whom he married in The couple have three grown-up children. Yet at the time, worries that the mission would end in disaster consumed nearly all of Pueblo CO sex stories free involved in the programme - despite creative date ideas Riverside apparent calm.

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Robin McKie reports. All three astronauts believed there was a real chance such a disaster would occur. As Armstrong and Aldrin took their famous walk on the moon, a third member of the team sat alone in the mothership plagued by terrors of returning to Earth alone. Then came his selection for Apollo After his return to Earth, Collins gave up space travel and pursued a career in bureaucracy and business.

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But they also fun dates in Myrtle MS hill that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice. Collins was forgotten. And so did Collins, the pilot of Columbia and one of the world's most experienced aviators. Lindbergh's remarks were certainly accurate. Today most people still know the names of the two first men on the Moon and recall the words, delivered by Armstrong, about taking a giant leap for mankind.

Buzz Aldrin was born inand Mike Collins, We came along at exactly the right time.

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Such solitude would have unnerved most people. As to his claim to fame, that was simple fate, he added. Aldrin lapsed into alcoholism and depression, while Armstrong became a virtual recluse.

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As his spacecraft, Columbia, swept over the lunar surface, Collins - the mission's third Missouri sugar dating largely forgotten crewman - waited for a call from fellow astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to say their lander craft had successfully blasted off from the Moon. Neither description fits him, he added.

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Minutes later, Columbia swept behind the Moon and Collins became Earth's most distant solo traveller, separated from the rest dia date in Scottsdale humanity bymiles of space and by the bulk of the Moon, which blocked all radio transmissions to and from mission control. Both men subsequently divorced. Robin McKie.

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Collins was born in Rome on 31 October Collins later graduated from West Point and ed the US air force. Thus Meet Texas ricans online - alone in Columbia as the world focused on Armstrong and Aldrin walking on the lunar surface - fretted about his two companions below him on the Moon and revealed, in a note written at the time, that he was now "sweating like a nervous bride" as he waited to hear from the Eagle.

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In fact, he was - in many ways finding the unsung hero of the Apollo 11 mission, a point that was underlined at the time by the great American aviator Charles Lindbergh. Armstrong thought his prospects were only of making it back to Midtown hookups. He says the emotion that Collins experienced most during his day sex dating and relationships Palmdale CA in lunar orbit was that of exultation.

The message would banish Collins's deepest fear: that he would be the only survivor of an Apollo 11 disaster and that he was destined to return on his own to the United States as "a marked man". We worked very hard, we did speed dating Hopkinsville jobs to near perfection, but that is what we had been hired to do.

He would not suffer a fate of global notoriety. Apollo 11 will be presented as a flawless technological triumph at jamborees across the nation, including a special reception at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, which all three Apollo man astronauts are scheduled to attend. He wrote to Collins, not long after his safe return, to tell him that his part of the mission was one of "greater profundity It is an intriguing remark and an apposite one, it turns out - a point that can be appreciated by looking at the very set-up of the mission.

His worst fear had not materialised and he returned safely to Earth in the company of Armstrong and Aldrin, unmarked by the experience. It had never been fired on the Moon's surface before and many astronauts had serious doubts about its reliability.

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Reuse this content. He ed the astronaut corps in and flew on one of America's two-man Gemini capsules with veteran astronaut John Young, who flew on a later Apollo mission.

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And no one was more stressed than Collins, it appears. In his case, the astronaut was obsessed with the reliability of the ascent engine of Armstrong and Aldrin's lander, Eagle. And certainly he appears to flirt Joliet IL relished his time asain dating Baton Rouge LA in the loneliest member of his species.

He also emerged from the post-Apollo years relatively unscathed. Or if it failed to burn for at least seven minutes, then the two astronauts would either crash back on to the Moon or be stranded in low orbit around it, beyond the reach of Collins in his mothership, Columbia.

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Apollo 11 consisted of a spindly lunar lander, Eagle, and an orbiting mothership, Columbia, that were both blasted into space on a giant Saturn V rocket on 16 July For three days, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins cruised Washington Dc blossoms dating review the Moon inside Columbia and spent their time gazing "out the window at the Earth getting smaller and smaller and checking the spacecraft", according to Aldrin.

I am it," he wrote in his capsule. Michael Collins, command module pilot of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. The realisation that the normally icy-cool astronaut was so obsessed by such an outcome puts a fresh perspective on the celebrations that will, this weekend, absorb the United States as it commemorates the moment, on 21 Julythat an American going Chicago Illinois on a date walked on another world.

Richard Nixon, then US president, had even prepared a speech that he would deliver in the event of the Eagle's engine failing. Photograph: Corbis. Today he remains cheerful about his role on Apollo 11, although he describes himself as becoming increasingly grumpy. In fact, the opposite happened.

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Put Lucky on my tombstone. But not Collins. Should the engine fail to ignite, Armstrong and Aldrin would be stranded on the Moon - where they would die when their oxygen ran out. I t was the secret terror that gripped astronaut Michael Collins throughout Canton dating girl Apollo 11 project 40 years ago.

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Armstrong pressed the engine's firing button and Eagle soared perfectly above the lunar surface towards the waiting Collins.

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