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Top 8 Astronaut Michael Collins Quotes (APOLLO 11)

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Top 8 Most Famous Michael Collins Quotes (CARRYING THE FIRE)

“I really believe that if the political leaders of the world could see their planet from a distance of, let’s say 100,000 miles, their outlook would be fundamentally changed. The all-important border would be invisible, that noisy argument suddenly silenced.”

Michael Collins
I knew I was alone in a way that no earthling has ever been before.
I knew I was alone in a way that no earthling has ever been before.
I think a future flight should include a poet, a priest and a philosopher… we might get a much better idea of what we saw.
I think a future flight should include a poet, a priest and a philosopher… we might get a much better idea of what we saw.

“I am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life. I am it. If a count were taken, the score would be three billion plus two over on the other side of the moon, and one plus God knows what on this side.”

Michael Collins
It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it’s an imperative.
It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it’s an imperative.
To go places and do things that have never been done before - that’s what living is all about.
To go places and do things that have never been done before – that’s what living is all about.
I see more moon missions as delaying Mars, which is a much more interesting place to go.
I see more moon missions as delaying Mars, which is a much more interesting place to go.

“We are off! And do we know it, not just because the world is yelling ‘Liftoff’ in our ears, but because the seats of our pants tell us so! Trust your instruments, not your body, the modern pilot is always told, but this beast is best felt. Shake, rattle and roll!”

Michael Collins

Michael Collins Short Biography

Born 31 October 1930, in Rome, Italy Michael Collins is an American astronaut who was the command module pilot of the Apollo 11, the flight of the first crew to have landed on the moon.

In 1952, Collins graduated from the United States Military, he then joined the U.S. Air Force Experimental Flight Test Pilot School in 1960 and became a test pilot.

He was chosen to be a part of NASA’s third group of 14 astronauts and joined the space program in 1963.

Collins’ first flight was Gemini 10, which was launched on July 18, 1966, which rendezvoused with another spacecraft. 

Apollo 11 was his second spaceflight, and on July 16, 1969, along with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, was launched to the moon.

While Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon, Collins remained to pilot the command module, circling the moon. 

Michael Collins retired from NASA in 1970, he then became the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. The following year he went on to be the first director of the National Air and Space Museum. He then became the undersecretary of the Smithsonian Institution in 1978. 

He has written an autobiography entitled Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys, and three other books.

Further Reading: 

Here are the best Michael Collins quotes so you can be inspired to live a content life and learn how to handle regrets with dignity. 

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