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AND DON’T FORGET… ONE IN THE COMMAND MODULE

While we hear much about the astronauts that walked on the Moon, there was a third crewmember on each Apollo mission that was critical to success: the Command Module Pilot, without whom none of the Apollo missions would have accomplished its goals.
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Mike Collins during a simulation inside the Command Module Columbia.
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Minutes after Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, CAPCOM Charlie Duke told Neil Armstrong, “Be advised there’s lots of smiling faces in this room and all over the world.”

“Well there are two of them up here,” Armstrong replied. Michael Collins, orbiting overhead, was smiling too as he keyed his microphone to say, “And don’t forget one in the Command Module.”

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