Michael Collins, the former NASA astronaut who piloted the command module Columbia during the Apollo 11 mission, admitted that he believes in the existence of extraterrestrial life.

Collins made the confirmation after answering a question submitted through the hashtag #AskMichaelCollins. The question focused on Collins’ belief in extraterrestrials.

The former astronaut simply answered the question with a “yes” and didn’t provide a further explanation regarding his response. Hopefully, Collins will tweet a follow-up answer to explain his initial response.

Many of his followers agreed with Collins regarding the existence of alien life. One of them pointed out that it would be very selfish of humans to believe that they are the only intelligent race in the universe.

Collins became a highly celebrated public figure following the success of Apollo 11, which was NASA’s first human mission on the Moon. While his fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong explored the lunar surface, Collins remained in orbit aboard the Columbia module.

Interestingly, Collins isn’t the only member of the Apollo 11 crew to make headlines regarding claims of extraterrestrials. After the success of the mission in 1969, Aldrin made a shocking about seeing a UFO while he was in space.

During his previous interviews, he claimed to have seen a light moving alongside the Apollo 11 spacecraft. At that time, he admitted that he didn’t know what the object was. He then said that it could have been from another planet.

Aldrin then clarified his claims during a Reddit Ask Me Anything event and said that the object he saw was just a discarded panel from the spacecraft.

“On Apollo 11 in route to the Moon, I observed a light out the window that appeared to be moving alongside us,” Aldrin said. “There were many explanations of what that could be, other than another spacecraft from another country or another world.”

“It was either the rocket we had separated from, or the 4 panels that moved away when we extracted the lander from the rocket and we were nose to nose with the two spacecraft,” he added. “So in the close vicinity, moving away, were 4 panels. And I feel absolutely convinced that we were looking at the sun reflected off of one of these panels.”

apollo 11 training Neil Armstrong holds a bag while Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin practices scooping up a lunar sample during training. Photo: NASA