Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing, former NASA astronaut Michael Collins shared a photo of Apollo 11 crew on Twitter.
“The crew,” he wrote. “Found this at the bottom of a box. Don’t think it was ever used by @NASA #TBT.”
— Michael Collins (@AstroMCollins) June 13, 2019
Shortly after Collins posted the photo, Orlando Sentinel, which will be publishing a commemorative book featuring photographs from the mission said that the company hasn’t seen the photo before.
Collins server as the Command Module pilot during Apollo 11 mission. While Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the lunar surface, he stayed in the Earth’s orbit and later joined by Armstrong and Aldrin to the journey back to Earth.
While he didn’t get the chance to be part of the landing, he told CNN that he felt privileged to be part of the historic mission. During his interview with CNN, he recounted his experience of flying around the moon.
“I said ‘hey, Houston, I’ve got the world in my window,'” he said. “And the world is about the size of your thumbnail if you hold it out arm’s length in front of you. The whole focus of your attention goes into this little thing out there. It’s in a black void, which makes its colors even more impressive. Primarily, you get the blue of the oceans, the white of the clouds, you get a little streak of tan that we call continents, but they’re not that noticeable. It just looks glorious.”