Sixth Man To Visit The Moon "Edgar Mitchell" Is Dead Aged 85
Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth man to visit the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13’s “successful failure” has died in Florida and was aged 85.
Mitchell died Thursday night at a West Palm Beach hospice after a short illness, his daughter, Kimberly Mitchell, said. Mitchell’s passing coincides with the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 14 mission, which ran from Jan. 31-Feb. 9, 1971.
Mitchell, one of only 12 humans to set foot on the moon, was not a typical strait-laced astronaut. In later years, he said aliens visited Earth and faith healers were legitimate. He attempted to communicate telepathically with friends at home during his Apollo mission. He had an “epiphany” in space that focused him on studying consciousness, physics and other mysteries.