Saturday, February 06, 2016

How Ed Mitchell Expected to be Remembered

          By Chuck Black

The sixth person to walk on the Moon, American naval officer, astronaut and explorer Edgar Dean "Ed" Mitchell passed on Thursday, after a long, adventurous and fruitful life.

In August 2000, Mitchell talked with author, publisher and Space Library curator Robert Godwin at the Airport Marriot Hotel in Chicago, Ill. During the interview, which Godwin recorded, Mitchell discussed how he expected to be remembered. 

Ed Mitchell, at the Marriott Hotel Chicago on August 27th, 2000. For a sampling of the interview, please click on this link. Screenshot c/o The Space Library.

Mitchell said that his life has been "that of exploration," initially of the atmosphere and of outer space.

But over the last thirty years, he had also explored inner-space, "and consciousness and the studies of the cosmology of mind and consciousness (and) how did all of this come to be," According to Mitchell:
I have a suspicion that I'm likely to be remembered more for the latter than the former.
The work we have been doing for thirty years now is very, very significant. We have re-addressed the old questions and used all the tools of science to help try to understand it.  
The ancient questions that every generation has asked; Who are we and how did we get here and where are we going and what is this all about...
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