It's been 45 years since the world watched in awe as two men took mankind's first steps on the moon. Yet as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag, a third member of the Apollo 11 ... more 
It's been 45 years since the world watched in awe as two men took mankind's first steps on the moon. Yet as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag, a third member of the Apollo 11 crew anxiously awaited their return. His name is Michael Collins, and he's often considered the forgotten astronaut. The mission was ripe for three men: two would walk on the moon and one would not. According to NASA, when the lunar module, code-named Eagle, launched toward the moon, it was Collins' responsibility to rendezvous with them later. On June 20, 1969, the moment had arrived. Armstrong and Aldrin boarded the Eagle, and all Collins could do was wait. The rest, of course, is history, and the three returned home as heroes. less 
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