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Michael Collins

1930 - 2021

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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 Reserve. Born in Rome, 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 183,017 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Michael Collins is the 3rd most popular astronaut, the 83rd most popular biography from Italy (up from 109th 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 5Before him are Neil Armstrong, Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood, and Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. After him are Warren Buffett, Helmut Kohl, George Soros, Pierre Bourdieu, Jean-Luc Godard, Ray Charles, and Jacques Derrida. Among people deceased in 2021, Michael Collins ranks 3Before him are Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Jean-Paul Belmondo. After him are Gerd Müller, Mikis Theodorakis, Albert Bandura, Charlie Watts, Chun Doo-hwan, Jacques Rogge, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Desmond Tutu, and Christopher Plummer.

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Among people born in Italy, Michael Collins ranks 83 out of 4,668Before him are Pope Julius II (1443), Marcus Licinius Crassus (-115), Ennio Morricone (1928), Pope Gregory VII (1020), Pope Pius IX (1792), and Titus (41). After him are Antonio Salieri (1750), Giotto (1267), Filippo Brunelleschi (1377), Pope Paul VI (1897), Pope Leo X (1475), and Bud Spencer (1929).


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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