Moonwalker Edgar Mitchell, astronaut on Apollo 14, has died

Originally posted onto 2/6/16


Edgar Mitchell the 6th man to walk upon the surface of the moon has died at a West Palm Beach hospice care on Thursday Died Thursday February 4 in West Palm Beach, Florida, according to his ex-wife Anita and daughter Kimberly. He was 85.

One of just 12 people in history to walk on surface of the moon, his passing was just one day away from the 45th anniversary of his lunar mission.

Holding a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, Mitchell joined NASA in 1966 and spent over 8 years with the space exploration division.

Launching in 1971, Apollo 14 was the 8th manned mission in the Apollo space program and the third moon bound operation. The team consisted of astronauts Alan Shepherd, Stuart Roosa, and Mitchell.

Shepherd and Mitchell spent a total of 33 hours on the moon, and even spent some of that time hitting golf balls across the lunar landscape while on their mission to collect rocks and take measurements. Mitchell served on the mission as the lunar module pilot.

Mitchell had a belief in heightened consciousness and an interest in the paranormal, which lead to him founding the Institute of Noetic Science as well as the Association of Space Explorers.

Got into trouble in 2011 when he decided to sell a camera that he brought with him to the moon. Although NASA allows space travelers to keep a memento from their journeys, they still followed suit in their case.

Mitchell wrote in his book “The Way of the Explorer” that “there was a sense that our presence as space travelers, and the existence of the universe itself, was not accidental but that there was an intelligent process at work.”

Mitchell was the last of the Apollo 14 flight team to pass away, with Shepherd passing away 1998 and Roosa 1994.

He is survived by his two daughters, three adopted children, ex-wife, nine grandchildren, and one great grandchild.


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