My Adventures as an Apollo 14 Astronaut

As the Lunar Module Pilot for the historic 1971 Apollo 14 Moon mission, Edgar Mitchell (September 17, 1930—February 4, 2016) was the sixth person to walk on the Moon. Edgar journeyed to the Moon with Commander Alan Shepard and Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa. On the Moon, Edgar Mitchell and Alan Shepard set out for Cone Crater during their second EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) and are on record for the longest moonwalk of any Apollo astronaut. Earthrise—My Adventures as an Apollo 14 Astronaut is a first person account of Edgar Mitchell’s extraordinary life—from growing up in Roswell, New Mexico as a farm boy, his days at NASA, to his founding of the renowned Institute of Noetic Sciences. It was an honor to help Edgar write Earthrise.


“It has been fifty years since the first successful Apollo moon landing but the drama has not faded. In this autobiography, Mitchell describes his experience as lunar module pilot for Apollo 14 and the sixth person to set foot on the moon’s surface. Mitchell grew up on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, and first flew as a four-year-old in a barnstormer’s plane. He was immediately smitten with flight. As a teen, he washed planes at the local airport to earn flight lessons and soloed at sixteen. His career path led the farm boy into the Navy and eventually the astronaut corps. As Mitchell describes it, the stars he had studied since childhood drew him inexorably into space. Mitchell’s account of his experiences as an astronaut is laconic and workmanlike, just like doing his job. The tension and excitement nevertheless shine through, especially in his description of the race to save the stricken Apollo 13 mission. The practicalities of life in space are inherently interesting, as is the minute-by-minute account of his time on the lunar surface with fellow astronaut Alan Shepard. During down times in the trip, Mitchell conducted experiments in ESP. He describes a profound experience of transformation on the way home, which led him out of NASA and into a new career in what he calls “inner space.” Budding scientists will find the book useful, both for reports and for its description, straightforward and unadorned, of a seminal time in American history.” —VOYA Review, Kathleen Beck, April 2014.

“A member of the Apollo 14 mission and the sixth person to walk on the moon chronicles his life experiences leading up to that defining event and how it changed him forever afterward.

With an assist from Mahoney, Mitchell discusses his first solo airplane flight as a young teen, experiences as a Navy combat pilot, his time in Roswell, N.M., amid nuclear testing and the rumored UFO crash, and becoming a NASA astronaut. Following the disastrous Apollo 13 mission, there was plenty of anxiety amid the Apollo 14 mission, but the crew completed all they set out to do and returned safely to Earth. Mitchell returned profoundly moved, the experience prompting him to become a lifelong spiritual seeker. Readers will appreciate his wonderfully detailed account of his astronaut training, spaceflight and moon landing, describing everything from the practical—eating, sleeping and going to the bathroom in space—to the mystical, life-changing experience of gazing at the Earth from afar. The book includes informative sidebars and transcripts of NASA recordings from the Apollo 14 mission. This fascinating insider account of astronaut training and the transformative experience of traveling to the moon will especially appeal to readers with an interest in astronomy and space travel.”—Kirkus Review, February 2014

Q & A

When did you first meet Edgar Mitchell?

Why were you in Palo Alto?

What do you remember about Edgar at that time?

Why were you interested in helping him tell his story?

Anything else?

What was the writing process like for Earthrise?

Was it challenging to understand all the science behind his spaceflight?

Were there any questions Edgar didn’t like to be asked?

Edgar talked a lot about his “epiphany in space.” What was that all about?

Edgar has been outspoken about ETs.