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Edgar Mitchell at Apollo 14

Edgar Mitchell at Apollo 14 (Space)

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Edgar Dean Mitchell, D.Sc. (born sep. 17, 1930 (90 years ago)) is an American pilot, engineer, and astronaut. As the lunar module pilot of Apollo 14, he spent nine hours working on the lunar surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region, making him the sixth person to walk on the Moon.


Mitchell was born in Hereford, Texas. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America where he achieved its second highest rank, Life Scout. He was also a member of DeMolay International and has been inducted into its Hall of Fame.

Mitchell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1952 (68 years ago). The following year he joined the US Navy where he trained as a pilot and flew off the Aircraft Carrier (9 pics)s USS Bon Homme Richard and USS Ticonderoga. He later qualified as a research pilot and taught at the Navy's research pilot school. While on active duty in the Navy, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a Doctor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently resides in suburban West Palm Beach, FL.

NASA experience

Mitchell was selected to be an astronaut in 1966 (54 years ago) and was seconded from the Navy to NASA. He was backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 10 and flew (again as LM pilot) on Apollo 14. Apollo 14 was his only spaceflight. Ed Mitchell remained with NASA until he retired from the Navy in 1972 (48 years ago).

Mitchell is a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and carried one of the order's badges to the moon; it is now kept at his home chapter of Kappa Sigma at Carnegie Mellon University.

Ed Mitchell was awarded honorary doctorates from the New Mexico State University, the University of Akron, Carnegie Mellon University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Edgar Mitchell was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1970 (50 years ago) by President Richard Nixon.

Mitchell was portrayed by Gary Cole in the 1998 (22 years ago) miniseries From the Earth to the Moon.


The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds (1996, 24 years ago), G. Putnam & Sons
Psychic Exploration: A Challenge for Science (1974, 46 years ago), G. Putnam & Sons




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