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Michael Collins, the astronaut who took this photo, is the only human, alive or dead that isn't in the frame of this picture, 1969


Collins took this photo of the Lunar Module, which had Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong with Earth in the background, during the Apollo 11 mission. This makes him the only person ever who was not inside the frame of the photo. Matter can neither be created nor destroyed.

This means that every human being who has lived to the point of taking this picture exists in at least some form, and every human being born since then is also in this picture, at least in some form. So even if you were born after this picture, the material you are made of is still on this picture frame.

For his second and final mission in space, Collins served as the command module pilot for Apollo 11. While fellow astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the first human landing on the lunar surface, Collins waited two and a half hours to board the module. , As the command module moved past the Moon, cutting off its communication with Earth, he wrote:

"This venture is structured for three men, and I consider my third as necessary as either of the other two. I do not mean to deny the feeling of solitude.

It is there, reinforced by the fact that radio contact with Earth suddenly stops when I disappear behind the Moon, I am now alone, truly alone, and completely separate from any known life. I am this If a count is taken, the score will be three billion plus two over the other side of the moon, and one plus God knows what is on this side".

In an interview with The Guardian in July 2009, Collins revealed that he was deeply concerned about Armstrong and Aldrin's safety. He was also concerned that, in the event of his death on the Moon, he would be forced to return to Earth alone and be treated as "a marked man for life", as the sole survivor of the mission.

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