When the astronaut Michael Collins died April 28 at age 90, many news outlets reminded Americans he’d been called the “forgotten astronaut.”

Collins was part of the three-member crew on Apollo 11, the first lunar landing mission in 1969. As Neil and Buzz bounded across the moon’s surface while the world watched, Collins remained behind to pilot the command module.

All three men were celebrities when they returned to Earth, but Collins is the name people most frequently forget — the man who orbited the moon solo in space.

Though he didn’t get the same glory as his comrades, Collins — an Episcopalian who married a Catholic — should be remembered as the consummate team player.

The rather banal term “team player” is tossed around in business and education, as well as in sports. But at its heart are several Christian virtues, including self-sacrifice and humility.

It’s unclear if Collins saw his role as sacrificial, indeed he was one of three humans to make a historic trip, but he did respond to his less glamorous position with humility. He focused on the awe and wonder of the overall mission, not his lack of time in the limelight, later calling the experience “fantastic.”

Collins’ moon mission is also a good reminder that the seemingly low-profile role is often the most critical one. He was the only astronaut in the group who truly knew how to fly the spacecraft solo and the only one who could get the three men back to their home planet.

He’s certainly an astronaut worth remembering.