Edgar Mitchell, the American astronaut who was the sixth man to walk on the Moon and one of the 12 to have done so, has died aged 85. He passed away at a hospice in West Palm Beach, Florida, one day before the 45th anniversary of his Moon landing, according to statements from his family.
Mitchell was part of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. As the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14, he spent nine hours conducting experiments on the lunar surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region (a hilly area that was the target of the failed Apollo 13 mission), making him the sixth person to walk on the Moon
The other two members of the crew are Alan B. Shepard Jr., commander; and Stuart A. Roosa, command module pilot.
Mr Mitchell’s mission to the Moon was the fourth in the US Apollo series, and the first to follow the ill-fated Apollo 13 which aborted its attempt to land after an oxygen tank explosion.
The Apollo 14 mission spent 33 hours on site in the Fra Mauro Highlands region and during their work at the site, Egdar Mitchel and his crewmate, Captain Alan Shepard collected 45kg (94lb) of Moonrock for examination back on earth and completed the longest moonwalk in history.
In his post NASA life, Mitchell expressed belive in UFOs. “I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we’ve been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomena is real,” he said in an interview with Kerrang Radio.
“It’s been well covered up by all our governments for the last 60 years or so, but slowly it’s leaked out and some of us have been privileged to have been briefed on some of it.”
NASA has however reacted that they do not share Edgar Mitchell’s opinion even though they regard him as a great American.
Watch NASA’s Youtube tribute post on Edgar Mitchell’s Apollo 14 Mission below (please note that the video is without audio)