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Michael Collins (born October 31, 1930) is a former astronaut and test pilot. He was the first person to perform more than one spacewalk and one of 24 people to have flown to the Moon. Collins joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating from West Point in 1952. He graduated in 1960 from the Air Force Experimental Flight Test Pilot School and was selected for NASA's third group of astronauts in 1963. He made two spacewalks on his first mission on Gemini 10 in 1966. On his second spaceflight, he served as command module pilot on Apollo 11 in 1969. While he remained in orbit around the Moon in the Command Module Columbia, his crewmates Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left in the Apollo Lunar Module to make the first crewed landing on the surface. After retiring from NASA, Collins became Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and later director of the National Air and Space Museum. Under his guidance, the museum opened on time and within budget for the United States Bicentennial in 1976. (Full article...)