Michael Collins RIP

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Michael Collins RIP

Postby Positive Passion » 28 Apr 2021, 18:06

One of my heroes, Michael Collins, has died aged 90.
He had a great life, but is most famous for being the guy who flew around the moon on his own while waitng for Armstrong and Aldrin to come back - at that time, the most isolated human since Adam.
His autobiography, Carrying the Fire, is a tremendous read.
RIP, you legend.

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Re: Michael Collins RIP

Postby Charlie O. » 28 Apr 2021, 18:19

Legend, indeed. RIP.


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Re: Michael Collins RIP

Postby mudshark » 28 Apr 2021, 18:19

Beat me to it! ;-)
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Re: Michael Collins RIP

Postby kath » 28 Apr 2021, 19:12

Positive Passion wrote:One of my heroes, Michael Collins, has died aged 90.
He had a great life, but is most famous for being the guy who flew around the moon on his own while waitng for Armstrong and Aldrin to come back - at that time, the most isolated human since Adam.
His autobiography, Carrying the Fire, is a tremendous read.
RIP, you legend.


i'll hafta get that book.

r.i.p. what an incredible run he had.

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Re: Michael Collins RIP

Postby GoogaMooga » 28 Apr 2021, 19:59

The most frustrating duty in history. So close, and yet so far away.
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Re: Michael Collins RIP

Postby Positive Passion » 28 Apr 2021, 20:05

GoogaMooga wrote:The most frustrating duty in history. So close, and yet so far away.


That is why he is my hero - someone had to do it and it was him.

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Re: Michael Collins RIP

Postby GoogaMooga » 28 Apr 2021, 20:21

Positive Passion wrote:
GoogaMooga wrote:The most frustrating duty in history. So close, and yet so far away.


That is why he is my hero - someone had to do it and it was him.


Good point.
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Re: Michael Collins RIP

Postby John aka Josh » 28 Apr 2021, 23:46

Among his many accomplishments I liked the fact that having been part of Apollo 11 he walked away from the space programme to put less strain on his family - think he'd been offered command of Apollo 13 or 14.


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Re: Michael Collins RIP

Postby mudshark » 29 Apr 2021, 00:52

Maybe he just had a bad feeling about Apollo 13??
People like Mr. Collins (or Armstrong, Glenn, Shephard, etc) don't fit my personal definition of 'hero'. These were incredibly brave people, went into the unknown, followed orders without questioning the consequences.
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Re: Michael Collins RIP

Postby Hightea » 29 Apr 2021, 04:31

RIP Michael Collins. Will always remember that day as it was a big day in our family. My dad was head communications on a few of the Ranger Missions and continued doing stuff up thru Apollo 1. He bought a new TV for the landing.


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Re: Michael Collins RIP

Postby rorebhoy » 29 Apr 2021, 20:39

Sad news. What a life though. Like positive passions said "carrying the fire" is an incredible read. Gives you a great insight as to what flying on a space mission was like, while allowing his personality to shine through. It also has a foreword by Charles Lindbergh which is incredible to think of the link between the two men and their relative achievements in such a short period of time between their record breaking flights.
Just Buzz left of the Apollo 11 crew.

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Re: Michael Collins RIP

Postby Minnie the Minx » 29 Apr 2021, 20:41

I might read that book - it sounds great!
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Re: Michael Collins RIP

Postby rorebhoy » 29 Apr 2021, 20:44

mudshark wrote:These were incredibly brave people, went into the unknown, followed orders without questioning the consequences.

What did you mean by this mudshark?

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Re: Michael Collins RIP

Postby mudshark » 29 Apr 2021, 22:27

There's no hidden meaning. For me a hero is somebody who does something 'above and beyond'. They didn't. They were very brave soldiers who followed orders. I don't care much for the military. Sorry.
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