Virginia Tech pays tribute to late astronaut Michael Collins with collections display

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia Tech is paying tribute to astronaut Michael Collins, a NASA astronaut and command module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, who died at the age of 90 on Wednesday after battling cancer.

The Virginia Tech Special Collections and University Archives created a display of one of the largest collections of Collins’ documents and memorabilia, most of which were donated by the astronaut himself.

Some of the items featured in the display include a letter from former President Richard Nixon, as well as a letter written by Charles Lindbergh to Collins

Lindbergh won the Orteig Prize in 1927 for making a nonstop flight from New York City to Paris. It was the first solo transatlantic flight, the first one between two major city hubs, and the longest transatlantic flight by nearly 2,000 miles.

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