Michael Collins: Apollo 11 pilot and ‘loneliest man ever’ dies aged 90

Astronaut Michael Collins, July 1969

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Michael Collins, one of the three crew members of the first manned mission to the moon, has died at the age of 90.

Known as the “the loneliest man in history”, Collins was the pilot of the Apollo 11 mission, which in 1969 put humans on the moon for the first time. Although he never became a household name like his crew mates Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, Collins’ contribution to the mission was just as important.

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