February 18th 2004
We've had visitors
sixth man to walk on the moon shares his unconventional
WAVENEY ANN MOORE, Times Staff Writer
aliens have landed - Thus declared Apollo 14 astronaut
Edgar Mitchell on Saturday to more than 200 admirers.
few insiders know the truth . . . and are studying the
bodies that have been discovered," said Mitchell,
who was the sixth man to walk on the moon.Mitchell, who
landed on the moon with Alan B. Shepard, said a
"cabal" of insiders stopped briefing presidents
about extraterrestrials after President Kennedy.
those who might consider his statements farfetched, Mitchell,
who has a doctorate in science from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, noted that 30 years ago it was accepted
that man was alone in the universe. Few people believe
that now, he said.
aliens, Mitchell talked about being freed of prostate cancer
during a healing ceremony and his epiphany while returning
from the moon.
had an opportunity to be a tourist," he said, going
on to speak about the sensation he felt as he watched the
Earth, moon and sun.
as a Southern Baptist, Mitchell said his feeling of interconnectedness
could not be explained by traditional religion alone. He
later founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
its Web site, the California organization
says it conducts and sponsors
"leading-edge research into the potentials and powers
of consciousness" and that it explores "phenomena
that do not necessarily fit conventional scientific models,
while maintaining a commitment to scientific rigor."
site also states that IONS, as it is known by members,
is not a spiritual sect, political action group or single-cause
afternoon, dozens of people made their way through rain
to hear Mitchell and IONS president James O'Dea speak at
the Heritage Holiday Inn in downtown St. Petersburg.
Raphael, a member of IONS who describes herself as a transformational
holistic healer, said she was pleased to hear Mitchell's
what was most delightful to me was that he was more open
than he has ever been, very direct about knowing that there
are other forms of intelligent life in the universe and
most probably that they have been here," said Ms.
"We are dealing with technologies
that are 50 years beyond that which we can comprehend.
Visualize in your mind - 50 years beyond that - we are
working on it." George Schmidt
Chief of Propulsion Research Technologies - NASA