On 16th July 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were strapped into their Apollo spacecraft and sent into space.
Four days later, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins became the first humans to set foot on the moon, whilst Collins remained in the command module.
On April 28th, Michael Collins’ family announced the news of his death, age 90. In a statement, they said:
“We will miss his terribly. Yet we also know how lucky Mike felt to have lived the life he did. We will honor his wish for us to celebrate, not mourn, that life.”
Which Apollo 11 astronauts are still alive?
Buzz Aldrin is the only Apollo 11 astronaut still alive.
Neil Armstrong died on August 25th 2012 at the age of 82. His family announced his death in a statement which read:
“Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.”
Buzz Aldrin’s statement following Neil Armstrong’s death read:
“As Neil, Mike Collins and I trained together for our historic Apollo 11 Mission, we understood the many technical challenges we faced, as well as the importance and profound implications of this historic journey. We will now always be connected as the crew of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, yet for the many millions who witnessed that remarkable achievement for humankind, we were not alone.”
Michael Collins died in April 2021 age 90. Paying tribute to Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin tweeted:
“Dear Mike, Wherever you have been or will be, you will always have the Fire to Carry us deftly to new heights and to the future. We will miss you. May you Rest In Peace. #Apollo11”
Michael Collins dies age 90
Michael Collins, one of the crew members on the Apollo 11 flight, has passed away age 90, his family said in a statement. They wrote:
“We regret to inform you that our beloved father and grandfather passes away today, after a valiant battle with cancer. Ge 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.”
During the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, while Michael Collins remained in the command module.
Speaking about his role in the Apollo 11 mission, Michael Collins said:
“I certainly thought that I did not have the best seat of the three. But I can say in all honesty, I was thrilled with the seat that I did have.”