Edgar Dean "Ed" Mitchell (September 17, 1930 – February 4, 2016) was a United States Navy officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, ufologist and NASA 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. (Wikipedia)
Biography on the Institute of Noetic Sciences:
Traveling back to Earth, having just walked on the moon, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell had an experience for which nothing in his life had prepared him. As he approached the planet we know as home, he was filled with an inner conviction as certain as any mathematical equation he'd ever solved. He knew that the beautiful blue world to which he was returning is part of a living system, harmonious and whole—and that we all participate, as he expressed it later, "in a universe of consciousness."
Trained as an engineer and scientist, Captain Mitchell was most comfortable in the world of rationality and physical precision. Yet the understanding that came to him as he journeyed back from space felt just as trustworthy—it represented another way of knowing.
This experience radically altered his worldview: Despite science's superb technological achievements, he realized that we had barely begun to probe the deepest mystery of the universe—the fact of consciousness itself. He became convinced that the uncharted territory of the human mind was the next frontier to explore, and that it contained possibilities we had hardly begun to imagine. Within two years of his expedition, Edgar Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences in 1973.
Since it's founding, Dr. Mitchell actively served on the board of directors of the Institute. He is the author of The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical WorldsandPsychic Exploration: A Challenge for Science, Understanding the Nature and Power of Consciousness.
Biography on the FREE website:
Dr. Edgar Mitchell was one of the 4 Co-Founders of FREE and a very active member of the FREE Board of Director. Our beloved Edgar passed away on February 4, 2016. Dr. Mitchell was a member of the Apollo 14 mission which was NASA's third manned lunar landing and he was the 6th man to walk on the moon. Dr. Mitchell has a Doctor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and has received many awards and honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the USN Distinguished Medal and three NASA Group Achievement Awards. In addition, he was inducted to the Space Hall of Fame in 1979, the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1998, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 and was inducted into the Leonardo da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking in June, 2011. After retiring from the Navy in 1972, Dr. Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He has authored "Psychic Exploration,” in 1974 and "The Way of the Explorer," in 1996, (Third edition, 2006) as well as dozens of articles in both professional and popular periodicals. He has devoted the last 40 years to studying human consciousness and psychic and paranormal phenomena in the search for a common ground between science and spirit. Dr. Mitchell’s current interest involves Energy Healing and Zero Point Energy. His websites are: noetic.org/directory/person/edgar-mitchell/
Please review these two interviews of Edgar by Rey Hernandez. They are believed to be 2 of his last few public interviews: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGKlZ1RRp4E and www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR9X6WRITn0.