|Born||Edgar Dean Mitchell
September 17, 1930
Hereford, Texas, U.S.
|Died||February 4, 2016 (aged 85)
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Naval aviator, test pilot|
|Carnegie Mellon University, B.S. 1952
Naval Postgraduate School, B.S. 1961
MIT, Sc.D. 1964
Time in space
|9d 00h 01m|
|Selection||1966 NASA Group 5|
Total EVA time
|9 hours 23 minutes|
|Retirement||October 1, 1972|
We need a community of nations capable of space flight because we all have to be off this planet sometime in the future. Our sun is going to burn out eventually, and we are not in a sustainable situation.
Death may simply be an alteration in consciousness, a transition for continued life in a nonmaterial form.
Our mission on Apollo 14 was to be the first to do science on the moon, so we had to be careful about getting everything in during the allotted time.
I happen to be privileged enough to be in on the fact that we have been visited on this planet, and the UFO phenomenon is real.
I had studied at Harvard and MIT astronomy and a lot about the heavens and the star system and so forth.
We do need different types of propulsion to get to Mars. I wrote one of the first Ph.D. theses on that in the 1960s.
The best experience that we have on Earth is the fact that we have scientific stations, weathering over stations down in the Antarctic for almost the entire 20th century to learn how to exist in exceedingly hazardous conditions; and the Moon is far more hazardous than Antarctica. At least they have water there.
I theorize that there is a spectrum of consciousness available to human beings. At one end is material consciousness. At the other end is what we call 'field' consciousness, where a person is at one with the universe, perceiving the universe. Just by looking at our planet on the way back, I saw or felt a field consciousness state.
At the end of October 4 in 1957, when I was coming back from sea duty in the South Pacific, Sputnik went up. I realized that humans would be right behind robot aircraft or spacecraft even though I really had no plans of being in aviation or a professional aviator and certainly not in the military.
We should be ready to reach out beyond our planet and beyond our solar system to find out what is really going on out there.
My wife tells me I am a male chauvinist pig and I have to sort of admit it. In my office and in my home, I'm not very democratic. I think of myself as a benevolent dictator.
I don't think there is much value in trying to use the moon as a base to go to Mars. That's going into one gravity belt and having to get back out of it again. And the moon doesn't have a lot to offer as a resource base.
You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics looks so petty.