Michael Collins, one of the astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, has died at the age of 90 following a battle with cancer.
Collins’s family posted a statement to his Twitter page on Wednesday announcing the astronaut’s death and commemorating his life.
“We regret to share that our beloved father and grandfather passed away today, after a valiant battle with cancer,” Collins’s family said in the statement. “He spent his final days peacefully, with his family by his side. Mike always faced the challenges of life with grace and humility, and faced this, his final challenge, in the same way.”
Family Statement on Passing of Astronaut Michael Collins pic.twitter.com/6OAw7CzFaz
— Michael Collins (@AstroMCollins) April 28, 2021
President Joe Biden shortly afterward issued a statement on Collins’ death, saying he lived his life serving his country.
“Michael Collins lived a life of service to our country. From his time in the Air Force, to his career with NASA, to his service at the State Department, to his leadership of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; Michael Collins both wrote and helped tell the story of our nation’s remarkable accomplishments in space.” Biden said in his statement.
“Our prayers are with General Collins’ family. Godspeed, Mike.”
Often known as the “forgotten astronaut,” Collins was the command module pilot for the 1969 lunar mission but did not step foot on the moon like his other crew members Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
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