Michael Collins on Apollo 11 @ 40 years

NASA posted an amusing and candid interview with Apollo 11 Command Module pilot Michael Collins (he got to sit in orbit while Armstrong and Aldrin made the landing.)

Heroes abound, and should be revered as such, but don’t count astronauts among them. We work very hard; we did our jobs to near perfection, but that was what we had hired on to do. In no way did we meet the criterion of the Congressional Medal of Honor: ‘above and beyond the call of duty.’

The Q&A is intertwingled with quotes from Collins’ book Carrying the Fire, which I read back in middle school. Farrar, Straus & Giroux released a new edition of it to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon.

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