US Astronaut Edgar Mitchell passes away
United States (US) Astronaut Edgar Mitchell passed away Lake Worth, Florida under hospice care. He was 85.
He was the sixth man to walk on the Moon. He had spent more than nine hours on the Moon’s surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region as part of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971.
About Edgar Mitchell
- Born on September 17, 1930 in Hereford, Texas, US.
- Started his career as American naval officer and aviator. He was selected to be an astronaut in 1966 and was seconded from the US Navy to NASA.
- He was designated as backup Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 10 and had served as Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 14.
- As a Module Pilot of Apollo 14 mission, he had played key role in landing Antares (the Lunar Module) in the hilly upland Fra Mauro Highlands region on the moon. He had left the NASA in 1972.
- He had set up the Institute of Noetic Sciences (INS) that aimed at supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research.
- Personal views: He had an epiphany in space and later devoted his life to studying the mind and unexplained phenomena. He also had believed that aliens had visited Earth.