Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was part of the Apollo 14 crew that flew to the moon in 1971, has died at the age of 85. He was a naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut. As the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14, he spent nine hours working on the lunar surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region, making him the sixth person to walk on the Moon. Mitchell won the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Navy and NASA distinguished service medals. He was a member of the Astronaut Hall of Fame and the International Space Hall of Fame.

His experience on the moon affected him profoundly, leading to the founding of the Institute of Noetic Sciences which remains a leading edge organization in the area of scientific study of the mysteries of the human soul.

Edgar Mitchell was a friend of Whitley and Anne Strieber’s and appeared on Dreamland on March 8, 2008. In a conversation with the Striebers, he expressed his belief that there were many alien species visiting Earth. Publicly, he was an outspoken advocate on behalf of the reality of such a presence, and a tireless advocate for UFO disclosure.

Whitley Strieber comments, "Edgar was a good friend and supporter. He told Anne and I that he knew many of the people who were dedicated to keeping  UFO secrets, and felt that their actions constituted a great disaster for mankind. He was a brilliant, tireless and profoundly honest man who fought to clear the web of lies in which our world has become trapped. He was a warrior in service to the highest of ideals: the truth and the dignity of man."