By Alan Boyle
Apollo 14 moonwalker Edgar Mitchell may be the only astronaut to conduct an ESP experiment in space, or openly state that extraterrestrials could theoretically live on the moon. But when historians look back at the Apollo moon effort a thousand years from now, Mitchell wants to be remembered for the down-to-Earth attitude he took toward his assigned task on the moon.
“Our task was to start to do the science,” he told NBC News. “And we did that. We did it well. We brought back the first real samples from the moon.”
Sure, Apollo 11 brought about 50 pounds of moon rocks back to Earth, and Apollo 12 brought back 75 pounds. As most folks will recall, a potentially fatal mishap forced Apollo 13 to come back from the moon without ever landing on its surface — which meant the pressure was on Mitchell and his Apollo 14 crewmates, Alan Shepard and Stuart Roosa, to help get America’s space program back on track in 1971.
The mission succeeded, though not without a hitch or two … or three. In his recently published book, “Earthrise: My Adventures as an Apollo 14 Astronaut,” Mitchell recounts all the twists and turns that brought him from farm life near Roswell, New Mexico, to the moon and back. . . .
. . . Mitchell makes no secret about his belief that life exists elsewhere in the universe, and he’s willing to accept the possibility that alien spacecraft have visited Earth. When he returned to his hometown in New Mexico, he met with the relatives and colleagues of people involved in the 1947 Roswell UFO incident — and decided there was ‘adequate proof that the Roswell incident was a real thing.” . . .
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