Dr. Edgar D. Mitchell
2008 PRG Hall of Fame Inductee
On January 31, 1971, Navy Captain Dr. Edgar Mitchell embarked on a
journey into outer space that resulted in becoming the sixth man to walk
on the moon. The Apollo 14 mission was NASA's third manned lunar
landing. This historic journey ended safely nine days later on February
9, 1971. It was an audacious time in the history of mankind. For
Mitchell, however, the most extraordinary journey was yet to come.
As he hurtled earthward through the
abyss between the two worlds, Mitchell became engulfed by a profound
sensation "a sense of universal connectedness." He intuitively sensed
that his presence, that of his fellow astronauts, and that of the planet
in the window were all part of a deliberate, universal process and that
the glittering cosmos itself was in some way conscious. The experience
was so overwhelming Mitchell knew his life would never be the same.
Scientist, test pilot, naval officer,
astronaut, entrepreneur, author and lecturer, Dr. Mitchell's
extraordinary career personifies humankind's eternal thrust to widen its
horizons as well as its inner soul.
His academic background includes a
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon
University, a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate
School and a Doctor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from
MIT. In addition he has received honorary doctorates in engineering
from New Mexico State University, the University of Akron, Carnegie
Mellon University and a ScD from Embry-Riddle University.
Dr. Mitchell has received many awards
and honors and was
inducted to the Space Hall of Fame in 1979 and the Astronaut Hall of
Fame in 1998.
After retiring from the Navy in 1972,
Dr. Mitchell founded the
Institute of Noetic Sciences
to sponsor research into the nature of consciousness as it relates to
cosmology and causality. In 1984, he was a co-founder of the
Association of Space Explorers, an international organization of those
who have experienced space travel.
lectures regularly on cosmology, human potential, and the implications
of recent discoveries in science as they affect our individual lives.
He is the author of "Psychic
Exploration," 1974, The Way of the Explorer,
1996, (Third edition, 2006) as well as dozens of articles in both
professional and popular periodicals. He has devoted the last 35 years
to studying human consciousness and psychic and paranormal phenomena in
the search for a common ground between science and spirit.
“Suddenly from behind the rim
of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of
immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue
and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue
sphere laced with slow swirling veils of white,
rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick
sea of black mystery. It takes more than a
moment to fully realize this is Earth—home."
“On the return trip home, gazing
through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars
and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly
experienced the universe as intelligent, loving,
"We're way, way past time for bringing this information to
the public, acknowledging it and entering into the sort of discussions at the
highest levels of congress and the government - to make this information
available to the public. It's far, far past time for this. If we don't do it
here, I don't know when we'll ever going to be able to do it."
“We went to the moon as technicians, we returned humanitarians.”
"I think our representative democracy is in danger....I think events are moving
so fast, so very rapidly, that no one is really on top of it, and if we don't
get the people mobilized here to demand that we get to the bottom of these
issues we're talking about today...we're not going to have an opportunity
forever. This is a key issue that we are talking about."
Interview with Art Bell Show
January 5, 1998
"I've talked with people of
stature-of military and government credentials and position-and heard their
stories, and their desire to tell their stories openly to the public. And that
got my attention very, very rapidly.... The first hand experiences of these
credible witnesses that, now in advanced years are anxious to tell their story,
we can't deny that, and the evidence points to the fact that Roswell was a real
incident, and that indeed an alien craft did crash, and that material was
recovered from that crash site."
"The U.S. Government hasn't
maintained secrecy regarding UFOs It's been leaking out all over the place. But
the way it's been handled is by denial, by denying the truth of the documents
that have leaked. By attempting to show them as fraudulent, as bogus of some
sort. There has been a very large disinformation and misinformation effort
around this whole area. And one must wonder, how better to hide something out in
the open than just to say, 'It isn't there. You're deceiving yourself if you
think this is true.' And yet, there it is right in front of you. So it's a
disinformation effort that's concerning here, not the fact that they have kept
the secret. They haven't kept it. It's been getting out into the public for
fifty years or more."
"We all know UFOs are real. All we need to ask is
where are they from."
The Way of the Explorer
Special Collector's Second Edition
(signed by the author)
The Way of the
Explorer (Putnam, 1996)
Dr. Edgar Mitchell:
Paradigm Research Group