Michael Collins (astronaut)
Michael Collins (31 October 1930 – 28 April 2021) was an American astronaut who flew the Apollo 11 command module Columbia around the Moon in 1969 while his crewmates, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, made the first crewed landing on the surface. He was also a test pilot and major general in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
- 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. The tiny globe would continue to turn, serenely ignoring its subdivisions, presenting a unified facade that would cry out for unified understanding, for homogeneous treatment. The earth must become as it appears: blue and white, not capitalist or communist; blue and white, not rich or poor; blue and white, not envious or envied. I am not a naïve man. I don’t believe that a glance from 100,000 miles would cause a Prime Minister to scurry back to his parliament with a disarmament plan, but I do think it would plant a seed that ultimately could grow into such concrete action.
- Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journey (1974), p. 470
- I am certain, if everyone could see the Earth floating just outside their windows, every day would be #EarthDay
There are few things more fragile or more beautiful than Earth, let’s work together today and everyday to protect our home.
- Encyclopedic article on Michael Collins (astronaut) at Wikipedia
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- NASA Johnson Space Center Oral History — interview with Michelle Kelly (8 October 1997)
- Statement From Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins, NASA Public Release no. 09-164 — Collins' statement on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission (9 July 2009)
- Apollo 11's Michael Collins visits MIT/AeroAstro (1 April 2015)