NASA Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the Moon, died in West Palm Beach, Florida. The lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 died at the age of 85. His death occurred on the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing, which took place on 5 February 1971.
Mitchell, one of only 12 humans to set foot on the moon, was not a typical strait-laced astronaut. In later years, he said aliens visited Earth and faith healers were legitimate. He attempted to communicate telepathically with friends at home during his Apollo mission. He had an “epiphany” in space that focused him on studying consciousness, physics and other mysteries.
“What I experienced during that three—day trip home was nothing short of an overwhelming sense of universal connectedness,” Mitchell wrote in his 1996 autobiography. “It occurred to me that the molecules of my body and the molecules of the spacecraft itself were manufactured long ago in the furnace of one of the ancient stars that burned in the heavens about me.”