Texas UFOs is saddened to report that Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell passed at the age of 85 on February 4th, 2016, just a few days prior to the anniversary of his 1971 moon landing. Mitchell was the 6th man to walk on the moon.
Many news and space sites published intriguing features on the intriguing man - a recommended read is Space.com's detailed story about the many close calls and harrowing moments Michell experienced during his Apollo 14 flight.
Other sites focused on a different side of Mitchell: a man with a passion for UFOs, and the belief they were being covered up. Edgar Mitchell is well-known among ufologists for his outspoken take on the UFO phenomenon - not just that it is a real one, but that humans should start getting serious about space flight, as well as forming a more sustainable society - free from nuclear weapons and other dangerous preoccupations.
Another open passion Mitchell had was parapsychology. Mitchell claimed that in space he experienced "Savikalpa Samadhi," which Wikipedia describes as a feeling of religious ecstasy, frequently associated with Buddhism. He developed such a fascination with the "paranormal," that he even conducted ESP (extrasensory perception) experiments on his crew members during the Apollo 14 flight... secretly! His fascinations didn't go away when he returned to Earth. As early as 1973, Mitchell had co-founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a research institute for "spacey" (not space) topics ranging from "meditation" to "conscious-based healthcare" to the afterlife.
Edgar Mitchell on UFOs and Consciousness:
These fringe interests may have put the government a bit on edge, and in fact, in 2011 the government did sue the Apollo astronaut - not for talking about UFOs, though, but for trying to sell a camera he used on the moon! All ended well when Mitchell compromised and agreed to donate it to a museum, though.
Edgar Mitchell was not the only NASA astronaut to go on the record about UFOs, and the need for an open an honest discourse about them. And in fact, you can join the same conversation NASA astronauts have been enjoying for years. Do you also think UFO Disclosure should happen? Share your thoughts in the comments or with the active Facebook community!
10 Fascinating videos featuring Edgar Mitchell on the Topic of UFOs and the Paranormal: