“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it.” - Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot, Edgar Mitchell
One of twelve astronauts to have walked on the lunar surface, Edgar Dean Mitchell’s early development as a member of the astronaut corps began as as product of the famed Astronaut Group 5. As was the case with many Apollo era astronauts, Mitchell initially served as a member of the astronaut support crew (for the Apollo 9 mission) before serving as backup Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 10.
It wasn’t until January 1971 that Mitchell would join Alan Shepard and Stuart Roosa as the Lunar Module Pilot for NASA’s 8th manned Apollo mission, Apollo 14. Over the course of the 9-day mission, the crew would conduct rigorous fieldwork including collecting nearly 100 pounds of lunar rock samples for return to Earth. At the time, the crew would also set records for longest lunar surface stay time (33 hours), longest lunar surface EVA (9.25 hours), and largest payload returned from the lunar surface. Not only would Mitchell become the 6th astronaut to walk on the lunar surface during this period, but he would log a total of 216 hours and 42 minutes in space.
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