A participant in the first-ever space flight with a landing on the moon, NASA astronaut Michael Collins, died at the age of 90; the cause of death was cancer, Collins ‘ family said on his Twitter page.
“We are sorry to announce that our beloved father and grandfather passed away today after a valiant battle with cancer,” the statement said.
According to the family, Collins spent the last days surrounded by relatives.
Collins was the pilot of the command module of the Apollo 11 spacecraft. The lunar module of the spacecraft, together with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, landed on the moon for the first time in the world in July 1969. Collins was waiting for his colleagues in lunar orbit.