Astronaut Michael Collins who orbited moon during first landing dies aged 90

US astronaut Michael Collins, who was part of the mission to make the first crewed landing on the moon, has died aged 90.

His family announced today that he had died after a ‘valiant battle with cancer’.

They said: ‘Mike always faced the challenges of life with grace and humility, and faced this, his final challenge, in the same way.

‘We will miss him terribly. Yet we also know how lucky Mike felt to have lived the life he did. We will honour his wish for us to celebrate, not mourn, that life.

‘Please join us in fondly and joyfully remembering his sharp wit, his quiet sense of purpose and his wise perspective, gained both from looking back at Earth from the vantage of space and gazing across calm waters from the deck of his fishing boat.’

Family Statement on Passing of Astronaut Michael Collins

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