Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, 1969.
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Collins is sitting in a gondola during centrifugal training for his flight at the Manned Spacecraft Centre (now Johnson Space Centre) Houston, Texas. Apollo 11, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, was the first manned lunar landing mision. It was launched on 16th July 1969 and Armstrong and Aldrin became the first and second men to walk on the Moon on 20th July 1969. Collins, the Command Module pilot, remained in lunar orbit while the other two astronauts were on the surface.