Capt. Edgar Mitchell, PhD, USN
Capt. Edgar Mitchell, PhD, USN retired
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 including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the
USN Distinguished Medal and three NASA Group Achievement Awards. He was inducted to the Space
Hall of Fame in 1979 and the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1998. He was a nominee for the Nobel Peace
Prize in 2005.
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.
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 38
years to studying human consciousness and psychic and paranormal phenomena in the search for a
common ground between science and spirit.