Michael Collins may not be a household name like his fellow Apollo 11 crewmembers Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, but he played a pivotal role in the success of the epic mission
When Armstrong and Aldrin took their famous first steps on the Moon on July 20, 1969, Collins was circling 60 miles above them in the command module of the mission.
Every time the Columbia Command Module orbited the Moon, he would lose contact with Mission Control in Houston for more than 40 minutes at and time. As a result, he has often been described as "the loneliest person in the universe."
APOLLO 11 ASTRONAUT MICHAEL COLLINS RECALLS EPIC LAUNCH: 'WE FELT THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD ON OUR SHOULDERS'  This, however, could not be further from the truth, he explained during an interview with Bob Cabana, the director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday. "I was always asked" was not the loneliest person? " "The answer was 'no, I felt fine'."
Collins, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and experimental test pilot spent a lot of time flying airplanes by himself. Additionally, the extensive training undertaken by Apollo 11 astronauts meant that he was extremely familiar with the Command Module. "I trusted my surroundings," he said.
"It was perfectly enjoyable, I had a hot coffee, I had music if I wanted it," Collins added.
APOLLO 11'S MICHAEL COLLINS REFLECTS ON THE HISTORIC MOON LANDING: "WE WERE JUST REGULAR ASTRONAUTS"
After I'm Not One Iota Lonely … it was 40-something minutes of peace and quiet. (19659012) File photo – Photograph of the pilot Michael Collins at the Apollo 11 Command Module, a total of 21 hours and 36 minutes on the Moon, Armstrong and Aldrin's lunar module lifted off and docked with the Collins Command Module almost four hours later. Practical Docking Hatch Removal from CM simulator at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, June 28, 1969. Image courtesy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) “/>