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Apollo astronaut Ed Mitchell dies aged 85

By T.K. Randall
February 6, 2016 · Comment icon 8 comments

Edgar Mitchell was lunar module pilot during the Apollo 14 mission. Image Credit: NASA
The Apollo 14 astronaut became the sixth man ever to set foot on the surface of the moon back in 1971.
One of only twelve men ever to walk on the moon, Mitchell was a keen aviator and had logged over 5,000 hours of flight time (including 2,000 in jets) before being selected to be an astronaut in 1966.

His experiences as a naval officer and test pilot, as well as his qualifications as an Aeronautical Engineer, made him the perfect man to pilot the Lunar Module.

He was joined on the Apollo 14 mission by Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa and Commander Alan Shepard, the latter of whom would accompany him on to the lunar surface.
In later life Mitchell also became well known for his interest in the UFO phenomenon and held the opinion that world governments were covering up evidence of extraterrestrial visitation.

He died peacefully in his sleep after a short illness at a hospice near his home in Florida.

"He was a hero in the classical sense," said his oldest daughter Karlyn Mitchell. "Though he fulfilled his childhood dreams while still a young man, he managed to sustain an aura of excitement by evolving and reinventing himself. He never tired of encouraging others to strive and explore."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by bee 9 years ago
. RIP Edgar Mitchell --- I'm glad that you died peacefully in your sleep - that was a good way to go - bless you and thanks x .
Comment icon #2 Posted by mfluder 9 years ago
Seemed a good man, and certainly an accomplished one. He had some interesting things to say, and he shall be missed. Rest In Peace, sir.
Comment icon #3 Posted by joonmoon999 9 years ago
Rest in peace, sir. You've did it well.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Saitung 9 years ago
A great man and a fearless pioneer. Not many of them left. Rest Well Sir.
Comment icon #5 Posted by TheGreatBeliever 9 years ago
So scary to grow old n die. Wonder if major life extension will be here in our era..
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin 9 years ago
And for all those, with NASA and other agencies...
Comment icon #8 Posted by davros of skaro 9 years ago
RIP Ed...

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