Crew member on Gemini 10 (1966) and Apollo 11 (1969) missions.
He was the command module pilot for Apollo 11, the mission that landed the first men on the moon (he stayed in orbit around the moon during the landing). Later he was the Director of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
The 1970 Jethro Tull song "For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me" was dedicated to him, and talked about what he missed out on through staying on the shuttle during the moon-landing.
Nephew of General Joseph Lawton Collins. World War II veteran and Army Chief of Staff during the Korean War.
First director for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Two flights for the American space program. Once on the first manned lunar expedition Apollo 11 with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and once on Gemini 10 with John Young. On the historic Apollo 11 mission, the lunar module was Eagle and the command module was Columbia.
Son of Major General James Lawton Collins, a veteran of World War I and World War II.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, California on January 14, 1993.
Father of Kate Collins.