How many times did astronaut Michael Collins orbit this sphere alone during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission?


1. Twenty

2. Thirty

3. Forty

4. Fifty

Answer: Thirty

Michael Collins was a part of the Apollo 11 crew that included Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. While, the two – Armstrong and Aldrin – created history by walking on the Moon, Collins stayed behind and piloted the command module as it circled above. Hence, despite being on the mission Micheal Collins never walked on the Moon.

This is why he is often called the ‘forgotten astronaut’. Collins retired from NASA in 1970.

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Collins died at the age of 90 on April 2021. Collins’ family issued a statement on Twitter saying that he was battling cancer. 

“Mike always faced the challenges of life with grace and humility, and faced this, his final challenge, in the same way,” Collins’ family posted on his official Twitter account. Details about the service would be forthcoming, they added.

Michael Collins was born in Rome in 1930 to a US army officer serving as a military attache there. Collins went on to become a fighter pilot and test pilot with the air force. He applied to NASA after being inspired by John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, and was selected to be an astronaut in 1963.

Collins’ first spaceflight was on the Gemini 10 mission, where he made a then record-breaking two spacewalks.

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