Edgar Mitchell Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell died on Thursday night. (Getty)

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell died at the age of 85. He was the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14 and the sixth person to walk on the moon. Mitchell was a fascinating person who stayed right in the public eye long after his flight to the moon. He often discussed his theories about aliens, consciousness, and the paranormal with the media and the public at large.

Here’s what you need to know.


1. He Died Thursday Night at a Local Hospice

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 16: Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut, Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7, Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14, Al Worden, Apollo 15, Charlie Duke, Apollo 16, Jerry Carr, Apollo 8 & 12, Vance Brand, Apollo and Shuttle, Bruce McCandless, Apollo and Shuttle, (L-R) address the media in front of the Apollo 14 capsule during a pre-opening press conference of the Apollo Treasures Gallery at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 16, 2009. The gallery opening celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut, Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7, Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14, Al Worden, Apollo 15, Charlie Duke, Apollo 16, Jerry Carr, Apollo 8 & 12, Vance Brand, Apollo and Shuttle, Bruce McCandless, Apollo and Shuttle, (L-R) address the media in front of the Apollo 14 capsule in 2009. (Getty)

Mitchell died late Thursday night in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Post reported. He was 85 years old and passed away at a local hospice. Mitchell was born in Hereford, Texas, on Sept. 17, 1930. But he always considered his hometown to be in Artesia, New Mexico — ironically, near Roswell.


2. Edgar Mitchell Was the Sixth Man to Walk on the Moon

A picture taken on February 6, 1971 shows Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14 lunar module pilot, moving across the lunar surface while looking over a traverse map during extravehicular activity (EVA). AFP PHOTO NASA (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

A picture taken on February 6, 1971 shows Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14 lunar module pilot, moving across the lunar surface while looking over a traverse map during extravehicular activity. (Getty)

Mitchell was well-known for being the sixth man to walk on the moon. He was part of a three-man crew on the Apollo 14 space mission, the eighth manned mission in the Apollo program. He was the lunar module pilot. Mitchell’s death occurred just about a week after the 45-year anniversary of the Apollo 14 launch on January 31, 1971. The mission lasted for nine days and ended on February 9.


3. He Was Sued by the U.S. Government in 2011

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 16: (L-R) Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut, Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7, Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14, Al Worden, Apollo 15, Charlie Duke, Apollo 16, Jerry Carr, Apollo 8 & 12, Vance Brand, Apollo and Shuttle, Bruce McCandless, Apollo and Shuttle, address the crowd gathered underneath a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex July 16, 2009 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The gallery opening celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images)

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – JULY 16: (L-R) Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut, Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7, Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14, Al Worden, Apollo 15, Charlie Duke, Apollo 16, Jerry Carr, Apollo 8 & 12, Vance Brand, Apollo and Shuttle, Bruce McCandless, Apollo and Shuttle, address the crowd gathered underneath a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex July 16, 2009 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Getty)

Just last year, Mitchell was sued by the U.S. government, saying that he stole the camera that he took to the moon. Mitchell denied those charges and said the camera wouldn’t even be back on Earth if it weren’t for him. However, he went ahead and turned the camera over to the Smithsonian and ended the lawsuit, according to the Palm Beach Post.


4. His Ex-Wife Is Jeb Bush’s Campaign Chairman

Picture taken during the Apollo 14 mission in February 1971 of US astronauts Alan Shepard (L, first row) and Edgar Mitchell (R). The Apollo XIV mission, the third mission to land on the moon, was launched on January 31, 1971 and landed on the moon on February 5, 1971. (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

Picture taken during the Apollo 14 mission in February 1971 of US astronauts Alan Shepard (L, first row) and Edgar Mitchell (R). (Getty)

Mitchell’s ex-wife, Anita Mitchell, is currently the campaign chairman for Jeb Bush. She was formerly the Republican Party chairman for Palm Beach County.


5. He Was Known for Talking About Alien Theories

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - JULY 16: The capsule that safely delivered Apollo 14 astronauts Edgar Mitchell, Alan Shepard and Stuart Roosa back to earth is on display in the Apollo Treasures Gallery at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Saturn V Center July 16, 2009 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The opening of the gallery commemorated the 40th anniversary of the the launchy of Apollo 11, the first manned space mission to the moon. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The capsule that safely delivered Apollo 14 astronauts Edgar Mitchell, Alan Shepard and Stuart Roosa back to earth. (Getty)

Mitchell wasn’t shy about sharing out-of-this-world theories. He founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which studies the unexplained and the nature of consciousness. He said his experience in space was life-changing and he felt a sense of universal connectedness. He also talked freely about his theories about aliens. He has said publicly that he is 90 percent sure that UFOs belong to other planets. He also told Dateline NBC in 1996 that he met with officials from three countries who said they had personal encounters with extraterrestrials. He did an interview for the documentary “The Phoenix Lights, We Are Not Alone.” Here’s a clip:

Mitchell himself never claimed to have seen an alien personally.

Not every story told about him was true, however. In August, some media posted a story about Mitchell saying that UFOs came in peace to save America from nuclear war. Mitchell told The Huffington Post that he never said that and the publications had fabricated his quotes.