Did anyone else grow up thinking that the coolest job in the world had to be that of an astronaut? I mean, seriously…leaving the planet, walking in space, setting foot on the moon. How cool is that?! I happen to be old enough to have been excited about going to see the movie Space Camp when I was a kid, dreaming of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwTqRc4W3lE
Anyhow, today I got to shake hands with none other than Edgar Mitchell, who walked on the moon back in 1971 as part of the three-man team that comprised the Apollo 14 mission. He was the sixth person to walk on the moon, making him part of a rather elite group since there have only been twelve people that can make that claim, and only eight of them are still alive as of today. You can learn more about the mission here: http://www.edmitchellapollo14.com/
He has led an interesting life since then, taking a serious interest in human consciousness and recently working to promote a greater global consciousness, warning of the fragility of our world and the dire consequences of exponential population growth and depletion of natural resources. It turns out he is also a firm believer in extraterrestrial life, and is certain that we have not only been visited by alien beings, but that there have been massive cover-ups designed to conceal this fact from the world. He is a man of firm convictions, and apparently not afraid to speak his mind about his beliefs.
Made for a much more interesting Friday than I had anticipated!