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40 Years

July 16, 2009
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While Neil and Buzz were training to use their Hasselblad cameras, Michael Collins learned how to fly back from the moon alone if he had to.

While Neil and Buzz were using their Hasselblads, Collins orbited the moon 14 times. When he was on the dark side, he was 250,000 miles away from the world, alone.
I don't mean to deny a feeling of solitude. It is there, reinforced by the fact that radio contact with the Earth abruptly cuts off at the instant I disappear behind the moon, I am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life. I am it. If a count were taken, the score would be three billion plus two over on the other side of the moon, and one plus God knows what on this side.

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