Michael Collins was born in Rome, Italy on October 31, 1930. Inspired by John Glenn, he was selected by NASA to be a part of the next group of astronauts. His second was Apollo 11—the first lunar landing in history. Collins received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He now works as an aerospace consultant.
Following America entered World War II, the family moved to Washington, D.C., where Collins attended St. Albans School. In this period, he applied and was accepted to West Point Military Academy in Ny, and chose to follow his father, two uncles, brother and cousin to the armed services. In 1952, Collins graduated from West Point using a Bachelor of Science degree. He joined the Air Force that same year, and finished flight training in Columbus, Mississippi. This is followed by means of an assignment to the 21st Fighter-Bomber Wing in the George Air Force Base, where he learned the best way to deliver nuclear weapons.