Michael Collins, the man known as the “forgotten astronaut” of the Apollo 11 mission, has died at the age of 90.
Unlike Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, Collins never walked the moon and stayed behind to pilot the command module as it circled above the lunar surface.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Collins’ family said he passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer.
“We regret to share that our beloved father and grandfather passed away today, after a valiant battle with cancer,” the statement said. “He 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. We will miss him terribly. Yet we also know how lucky Mike felt to have lived the life he did. We will honor his wish to mourn, not celebrate, that life. Please join us in fondly remembering his sharp wit, his