Edgar Mitchell, dead at 85


The last living member of the Apollo 14 mission has died.

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. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch’.

— Mitchell, describing his experience of seeing the Earth from the Moon.

Edgar ‘Ed’ Mitchell, 1930 – 2016