Where Outer and Inner Space Converge: A Conversation with Edgar Mitchell

Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, who was part of the Apollo 14 space crew that flew to the moon in 1971, died last Thursday, February 4, just seven hours before the 45th anniversary of his landing the lunar module Antares on the surface of the moon. Dr. Mitchell was the 6th of one dozen human beings who have stood on the moon.

Standing on the surface of the moon looking back at Earth catapulted him into a state of spiritual transformation. “I realized there was a higher intelligence in the universe,” he told me in the first of several interviews.

Returning to our planet, he left NASA to found the Institute for Noetic Sciences (www.noetic.org), an organization dedicated to scientific research into mysteries of the mind and the nature of consciousness.

In his bestselling book The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut’s Journey through the Material and Mystical Worlds, Mitchell connected the dots between outer space, inner space, evolution, and global consciousness.

In the B.I. (Before Internet) era, and way before “to google” became a verb, a journalist tracked down an interview subject by reading newspaper clippings and wire service stories and calling the reporters who wrote the initial stories to request contact information. You worked a telephone trail of someone who knew someone who worked with someone who could provide you with an introduction or mailing address and phone number. With persistence and patience, you followed the leads until eventually you spoke to someone who could provide you with an address and phone number for the person whom you wished to interview. That was how I found Edgar Mitchell. It took several months and two letters of introduction before I was invited to his home in West Palm Beach.

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