Michael Collins

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Michael Collins (October 31, 1930 – April 28, 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. Born in Rome, Kingdom of Italy, Collins graduated in the Class of 1952 from the United States Military Academy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Collins has received more than 169,952 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Michael Collins is the 3rd most popular astronaut, the 109th most popular biography from Italy (down from 79th in 2019) and the most popular Italian Astronaut.

Michael Collins is most famous for the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. He was the Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Republican Army and a member of the Irish delegation during the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations.

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Among astronauts, Michael Collins ranks 3 out of 524Before him are Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong. After him are Valentina Tereshkova, Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan, Vladimir Komarov, Pete Conrad, Alexei Leonov, Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and Gherman Titov.

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Among people born in 1930, Michael Collins ranks 6Before him are Neil Armstrong, Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, Warren Buffett, and Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. After him are George Soros, Pierre Bourdieu, Helmut Kohl, Steve McQueen, Hafez al-Assad, and Jacques Derrida.

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Among people born in Italy, Michael Collins ranks 109 out of 4,088Before him are Pope Benedict XV (1854), Lucius Tarquinius Superbus (-600), Enrico Fermi (1901), Sulla (-138), Pope Leo X (1475), and Girolamo Savonarola (1452). After him are Saint Lucy (283), Pope Boniface VIII (1235), Claudio Monteverdi (1567), Antonio Gramsci (1891), Terence Hill (1939), and Pope Pius II (1405).


Among astronauts born in Italy, Michael Collins ranks 1After him are Paolo Nespoli (1957), Samantha Cristoforetti (1977), Umberto Guidoni (1954), Luca Parmitano (1976), Roberto Vittori (1964), and Maurizio Cheli (1959).

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