Edgar Mitchell continues to make preposterous claims

This silliness by Mitchell originated in tabloids like the Mirror and Daily Mail. But even Gizmodo is now publishing it. Why? It’s a baseless, vacuous assertion. It gets web hits. But it’s not news, it’s trivial journalism. Mitchell has been on about aliens for years and some news sources love to print sensationalist drivel.

Veteran Astronaut Edgar Mitchell spoke on his belief that peace-loving aliens are the reason why nuclear wars have not occurred on Earth.

Source: Edgar Mitchell: Peace-Loving Aliens Prevent Nuclear Wars On Earth

Edgar Mitchell was the sixth of only 12 men to step on the moon. In no way does that provide him qualifications for such pronouncements. There is no evidence that aliens “…wanted to know about our military capabilities.”  He has no evidence. His basis for such claims is: “My own experience talking to people has made it clear the ETs had been attempting to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth.” Nope. Not buying it. It’s the rantings of someone a bit lost in space.

He’s often promoted a UFO coverup that has been a disgrace to his former colleagues and all the (100% human) engineers and scientists who worked on the space program. Now, he insults all those who served to prevent escalation to nuclear conflicts. Disgraceful.

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  17 comments for “Edgar Mitchell continues to make preposterous claims

  1. August 17, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    It is sad that he comes up with such garbage. Sadder yet that many will believe him. I have met several astronauts, including two who walked on the Moon. Happily, I do not believe that they were affected by whatever caused Edgar Mitchell to develop these outlandish views. It just makes it harder to get others to think clearly.

    According to NIMH, nearly 20% of Americans suffer from some kind of mental disorder. Clearly Edgar Mitchell is one of them.

  2. August 17, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    While he does have odd beliefs and most certainly should not be making any of these pronouncements as “facts”, they are just that – his beliefs. I don’t think anyone can make a diagnosis of mental illness based on this.

  3. jim oberg
    August 17, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Interesting, he insists no UFO secrets at NASA —

    Neither I, nor any crew I was on (I was on three Apollo crews), received any briefing before or after flights on UFO events, saw anything in space suggesting UFOs or structures on the moon, etc. We did it just like we said in official reports. My only claim to knowledge of these events is from the individuals, mostly of yesteryear, who were in government, intelligence, or military; were there, saw what they saw, and now believe it should be made public. But I claim no first hand knowledge, nor have any. Pass it on to the rest of the net, if you will. –Edgar Mitchell

    Mitchell; No inside NASA UFO coverup or secrecy
    “Enterprise Mission” file dtran4 dot html
    EM: Well, you’re stretching it way out of context. Let’s say that at the time that was done it was undoubtedly considered a prudent policy to write such a thing into effect. In practice, what has happened, however, is that I know of no administrators since that time who have really considered extraterrestrial intelligence, or anyone at NASA at that level of operation that gave it practical consideration of something that needed to be done. As far as operation as crews, people on the job doing it, it had utterly no effect on us whatsoever. And I have signed nothing suggests that I am aware of that, or that I am required to be circumspect in what I say. It simply doesn’t exist.

  4. jim oberg
    August 17, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Don’t forget Apollo-15’s Jim Irwin, who came back and later announced he’d found Noah’s Ark on Mt Ararat.

  5. Rich
    August 18, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Edgar Mitchell was the astronaut that conducted his own ESP tests during the Apollo flights, wasn’t he? I think whatever woo beliefs he has now he took with him into space rather than bringing them back.

  6. busterggi (Bob Jase)
    August 18, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    “ETs had been attempting to keep us from going to war and help create peace on Earth.”

    Fire them, they’re doing a terrible job.

  7. MisterNeutron
    August 18, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Next year, he’s heading for the North Pole to look for traces of Santa’s Workshop.

  8. August 18, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Apparently he IS the astronaut who did an ESP test during an Apollo moon flight:
    link to en.wikipedia.org

    He has been a long-term source of woo. A few years after his Apollo mission he founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences. On staff there is another name woo watchers might know, Dean Radin, perhaps best known for his book “The Conscious Universe.”
    link to noetic.org

  9. karl
    August 19, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Nothing to add other than I’ve been a fan of yours since the Usenet days. Always hope one day you’ll come to a TAM.

  10. Sean A. Elliott
    August 19, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    There is no doubt he believes what he’s saying, so I doubt he is trying to insult anyone. It is curious that he has no supporting data, no claim of personal experience, and only the word of other individuals yet he is invested in the idea. I do wonder why the aliens would be concerned about nuclear annihilation but show a total lack of concern for our extinction due to environmental causes.

  11. Tony
    August 19, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    I suggest that he follow the elf droppings.

  12. Tony
    August 19, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    After you’ve walked on the moon, there’s nowhere to go but down.

  13. Jeff
    August 19, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    The worst of this lot are the “UFO researchers” who have no problem believing humans assembled stones together in England, but tell Peruvians and Egyptians that there ancestors were too stupid to apply their minds to constructing magnificent things. It is obvious that these people have a low opinion of these cultures and don’t think they were mentally able to apply concepts and ideas to large scale projects.

    In this case, Edgar Mitchell is showing a low opinion of diplomats and staff to achieve dialogue and understanding with each other. In his worldview, we are too stupid to avoid war without outside intervention. Why does he have such a low opinion of the human race?

  14. Rich
    August 20, 2015 at 4:28 AM

    Astronaut: “There are aliens out there helping us.”
    Woo: “We have to believe him! He’s an astronaut!”

    Astronaut: “Of course we went to the moon. I stood on it.”
    Woo: “We can’t believe him! He’s an astronaut!”

  15. ACD
    September 1, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    I have had the pleasure of spending time with Dr. Edgar Mitchell, and I fully understand where he is coming from, its just unfortunate that he is often misquoted in the press. He has never seen a UFO personally, however because he is a retired NASA astronaut who walked on the Moon, a number of doors are open to him, doors that would be closed to almost everyone else. He grew up around Roswell, so when he came back from the moon, those that had first hand experiences to share about the Roswell crash sought him out. Many participates in the Roswell story told their often death bed confessions to their local famous astronaut. Checking out such information as any good researcher would do, left him convinced that the Roswell crash was true and covered up. He used his fame to take it to the highest levels of military, who confirmed to him the Roswell crash actually happened. In his twilight years he is pushing for the US Government to disclose the truth to the American people, but as the famous line from Jack Nicolson’s character – “You can’t handle the truth.” If Obama came out on the White House Lawn tomorrow and said that a UFO crashed in 1947, the stock market would crash, people would panic, and the military would want to triple their budget. So the government has successfully suppressed the information, conditioned its minions. so whomever speaks out, even an American hero, they are ridiculed and mocked.

  16. September 1, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Then he has been misquoted multiple times. Stories mean nothing if there is no evidence to support it. So, his claims that “Roswell actually happened” does not mean an alien spacecraft crashed there. A good researcher has evidence to support his extraordinary claims. Your conclusions are also unfounded. It is irresponsible for anyone to make such claims without solid back up, as Mitchell has done repeatedly. I’ve no respect for that.

  17. Karl
    September 1, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    “If Obama came out on the White House Lawn tomorrow and said that a UFO crashed in 1947, the stock market would crash, people would panic, and the military would want to triple their budget. ”

    Why would we panic? Would you panic? I wouldn’t. Why would the stock market crash? Did the stock market crash when we discovered the godless soviets could put Sputnik over our heads and that little satellite could just as easily have carried a nuclear weapon?

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