American astronaut Michael Collins was born in Rome, Italy, in 1930. He entered the U.S. Air Force after graduating from West Point, but became interested in the burgeoning space program. Chosen for the third class of astronauts for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Collins performed a spacewalk on the Gemini 10 mission in 1966. In 1969, he was part of the famed Apollo 11 mission, remaining in the command module as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Collins joined the administrative staff of the Smithsonian Institution in 1971, and later worked as an aerospace consultant.