Michael Collins (died April 28th, aged 90)
NASA astronaut Michael Collins passed away after battling cancer. According to a statement posted on Collins’ Facebook page, Collins “spent his final days peacefully, with his family by his side.”
Collins flew the Apollo 11 command module Columbia around the Moon in 1969 while his crewmates, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, made the first crewed landing on the surface. He was also a test pilot and major general in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
In a statement, NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk called Collins “a true pioneer and lifelong advocate for exploration.” Though some people called him “the loneliest man in history” while his colleagues walked on the moon for the first time, Jurczyk emphasized that Collins played a huge role in helping the U.S. achieve the historic milestone.