Apollo Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Sixth Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies At 85

Posted: Feb 8 2016, 7:36am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell dies at 85
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Just a day to celebrating the 45th anniversary of landing on the Fra Mauro part of the moon, NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell dies – at 85 years of age. He was the sixth man to walk on the moon, but passed on after a brief illness on Thursday - Spaceflight Now reports.

Born on September 17, 1930, Mitchell was raised in Artesia, N.M near Roswell. He developed interest in flying at a very tender age and was taught flying lessons at a nearby airfield in exchange for washing the planes. He later became a Navy pilot and flew on missions during the Korean War, after which he got a doctorate in aeronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964.

Shortly after, he got certified as a test pilot at the Edwards Air Force Base in California and was chosen as a NASA astronaut that same year. And after a lot of trainings, he was selected as a backup crew member for the Apollo 10 mission; and then listed as the lunar module pilot for the Apollo 14 – NASA’s fourth moon landing mission.

Mitchell together with Alan Shepard and Stuart Roosa left the Kennedy Space Center aboard a Saturn V rocket on January 31, 1971 – headed for the moon.

On his way back from the moon, Mitchell got hit with the idea that the world was more or less an organism and explored the idea of consciousness outliving the human body. Then in 1973 he founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences in order “to support consciousness research and promote awareness of evolving human consciousness” – according to a statement released by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation on behalf of the family.

Mitchel wrote a book “Psychic Exploration: A Challenge for Science” in 1974 and in 1996 published “The Way of the Explorer” all underscoring his interest and research in human consciousness. Mitchell is survived by daughters Karlyn and Elizabeth Kendall; his adopted children Kimberly, Paul Mitchell and Mary Beth Johnson, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

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