Talk:Edgar Mitchell

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Experiments on the moon[edit]

I move that the second sentence of the third paragraph, "While on the Moon he conducted unauthorized ESP experiments", be followed with the notation "[citation needed]". Would anyone care to second? Austinlwyman4 06:20, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

This is the kind of thing that doesn't really need a discussion - just be bold and add the tag. If someone objects, then is the time to discuss.
I've gone ahead and added the tag myself, since I agree this is questionable. I believe that he did some experiments during an Apollo mission; but I'm not sure they were done on the moon, given the cramped conditions and limited (and very scheduled) time of the landing module. -- John Broughton (☎☎) 15:16, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Importance rating[edit]

I've rated this article as a High-importance class, because the rarity of his Moonwalk and the importance that Project Apollo and early human spaceflight has to human history. I also rated this a Stub article. I really can't believe the poor state and quality of many of the articles relating to the Apollo-era moonwalkers. I'll likely add more information and try to bring this article to a B-Class by mid-March.Abebenjoe 22:39, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

The Aliens have landed[edit]

I noticed that a poorly written bit of info from an IP user was removed. What Edgar says here probably should be mentioned in the article. But I doubt an IP could get the wording right. In fact, I myself am not even going to attempt to word it. So I'd suggest an experienced editor has a shot at it! Good luck... All Grown Up Whovian 19:58, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Oh sod it, i'll have a go! You only learn by doing ;-) All Grown Up Whovian 20:28, 23 July 2008 (UTC)
Done, but it seems most of the info was already in the article! All Grown Up Whovian 20:35, 23 July 2008 (UTC)
All fixed. I reworded it to make it more encyclopaedic, moved it to replace the earlier mention and also replaced the source with a more reliable one. Wayne (talk) 07:34, 24 July 2008 (UTC)
Looks good! Cheers :-) All Grown Up Whovian 10:16, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

Sorry If I Am editing this incorrectly, please correct it. But an article with his interview can be found here:,23599,24070088-13762,00.html And audio from the interview can be found here:

Thanks for correcting and using this information, IP Noob —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:39, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

OH and here is NASA on this —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:45, 24 July 2008 (UTC)

he never said ETs had been attempting to keep us from going to war & help create peace on Earth HuffPost asked Mitchell who said "None of those statements were originated by me." in the The Mirror Waptek (talk) 18:47, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

Clark McClelland[edit]

Who is this guy? Purportedly he's either a former astronaut or NASA tech staff... I read an article that he corroborated Mitchell's story about ET's. That should make him interresting to the article about Mitchell. But I don't even know if he's a real person or a hoax. (talk) 04:55, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

claims of alien visits[edit]

after the recent dr mitchell claim there is little discussion (talk) 17:33, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

Walking on the moon[edit]

Also, there's no talk of the fact that, even in his book, Edgar Mitchell says he is deeply troubled that he can't remember what it feels like to walk on the moon. He's even been a therapist about it. (talk) 12:24, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

Wikipedia is an encyclopedia; the goal is to provide an overview of a topic, with links to sources, both offline and online. Unless something has been covered reasonably well by the media, or fills in missing gaps in a topic, it's not neutral to include it in the article. I don't see Mitchell's memory problem here as being that important, unless the media have reported it as important. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 22:20, 15 May 2009 (UTC)
I don't agree that articles should be or are meant to be merely overviews. Dlabtot (talk) 01:27, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
I think it is important, hell, there's a whole 20 page article on steampunk, I think an article ABOUT the guy that walked on the moon mentioning that he doesn't remember what it's like is something relevant.. If a reliable cite can be found.02:48, 22 June 2010 (UTC)Cs302b (talk)

6th man on the moon?[edit]

As apollo 13 failed to land isn't Edgar Mitchell the 4th man on the moon? After Buzz Aldrin & Neil Armstrong of Apollo 11 (Shepard being the third) —Preceding unsigned comment added by IT100IT (talkcontribs) 06:05, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

No, he wasn't. There was Apollo 12 between Apollo 11 and Apollo 13. The 3rd was Pete Conrad and the 4th was Al Bean. Martin1813 (talk) 19:42, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

Edit request from Theunexplained, 14 February 2011[edit]

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In an interview in February 2011 Edgar Mitchell told "The Unexplained Podcast"  he thinks thinks are different species - some who have our best interests at heart and some who may not and he believes there are people - some in and around the space programme and bound by confidentiality agreements - who will one day bring forward more evidence.  Dr Mitchell also discussed his ongoing concerns over the "sustainability" of earth's resources.      

External Reference - The Unexplained with Howard Hughes - ( Theunexplained (talk) 15:49, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

Not done: Primary source. In addition, I don't know what you want added, modified, or removed from the article. -Atmoz (talk) 16:05, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

Edit regarding ESP experiments conducted on the moon[edit]

I found a reference to a paper regarding said experiments having been published in the Journal of Parapsychology in 1971, including the abstract of it being cited in full in a skeptic's dictionary article ( and decided to add it to the article. I figure that people might be interested in reading some skeptical criticism of said experiment. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aikiboy1111111 (talkcontribs) 11:13, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

US 285 designated at "Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut, Highway"[edit]

This might be appropriate under the Honors and Awards section, but since it's currently just a bullet list referencing information from the equivalent article on the Polish Wikipedia, I'll just enter the information here and someone else can update the main article.

Reference: starting on page 9

Approval of Resolution no. 2013-02 (JAN) Designating a 60.60 Mile Portion of US 285 as the "Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut, Highway"

Ralph Meeks, Acting District Two Engineer, NMDOT, respectfully asked the Commission to approve Resolution No. 2013-02 (JAN) Designationg a 60.60 Mile Portion of US 285 as the "Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut, Highway". This is a proposed ratification of the January 17, 1971 New Mexico State Transporation Commission, formerly the New Mexico State Highway Commission, dedication of the 60.60 mile portion of US 285 from ist junction with NM 524 in Eddy County, nor to its junction with NM 2 in Chavez County as the 285 as the "Edgar D. Mitchell Highway" and its re-designation as the "Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut, Highway".

Chairman Rahn asked for a motion to approve Resolution No. 2013-02 (JAN) Designation a 60.60 Mile Portion of US 285 as the "Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut, Highway"; Commissioner Wallach mad a motion; Vice Chair Schmeits seconded; motion carried unanimously. (talk) 18:14, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

Artesia New Mexico is right next to Roswell![edit]

The astronaut grew up right next to the famous UFO site of Roswell, New Mexico. 40 miles according to Google Maps. He was 17 years old at tht time. So I think, his testimony is valid. (talk) 05:30, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

1) Proximity to something doesn't inherently grant knowledge. 2) "40 miles" is nearly an hour away at highway speeds, longer on side streets. That doesn't quite qualify as "right next to". (talk) 18:08, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

Big gap in biography[edit]

I figure there is a good reason there is no information on Mr Mitchell from 1972 to 2009ish. I won't speculate here. But, it makes one wonder, what ever happened to the level-headed scientist and pilot that NASA hired? Remember guys, a Wikipedia article is not a fan page. If someone could look into what happened to Mr Mitchell post NASA and fill in the gaps with unbiased info, the rest of us won't have to. Right? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:45, 17 August 2015 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Edgar Mitchell/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

==Quality of article== I cannot believe how little information there is about Mitchell's Apollo 14 flight in the main article. There is barely any mention of it. It is by far, the most important achievement of his career and it is barely mentioned. Most of this article focuses on his post-Apollo career. Sadly, I have found this lack of attention to detail in almost all the articles relating to the Apollo-Era Moonwalkers. Needs significant work to become a B-Class article.Abebenjoe 22:43, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Last edited at 22:47, 21 April 2009 (UTC). Substituted at 14:07, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

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Superlatives incorrect or out of context[edit]

@Fotaun: The following "superlatives" you just added are taken out of context:

* Longest distance traversed on the lunar surface (shared by Mitchel and Shepherd)

This would perhaps be the longest on foot; the Apollo 17 mission undisputedly traversed the greatest distance (35.74 km) using the Lunar Roving Vehicle.

* First color TV transmission from surface of the Moon

First successful transmission; Apollo 12 transmitted color for a few minutes until Bean pointed the camera at the Sun. (This can be verified from the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, but the Apollo 12 article has a citation error; it points to the Apollo 11 ALSJ.

* One of 12 people to walk on the Moon so far

Calling this a superlative gives undue weight to Mitchell, as the other 11 men also accomplished it. It can be more neutrally mentioned in the lead that Mitchel was sixth out of 12 so far.

The following are just plain wrong:

* Longest lunar stay time (33 hours)

Maybe it was the longest at the time, but the longest stay was on Apollo 17, 75 hours

* Largest payload returned from lunar surface

42.8 kg; again, a record at the time, but Apollo 17 returned 110.4 kg. Again, calling them superlatives like this gives undue weight to Mitchell.

Also, some of these were already there. JustinTime55 (talk) 16:10, 22 December 2016 (UTC)