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Steve Dufourny: on 2/7/16 at 9:39am UTC, wrote It is a beautiful article , thanks for sharing.Respect for the first men in...

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Blogger William Orem wrote on Feb. 6, 2016 @ 21:28 GMT
Rest In Peace astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon and the last member of the Apollo 14 mission. He was oddly credulous for a man of science, confusing the public with his proclamations that alien visitors interceded in the arms race, the Roswell incident was not a lot of tin foil and sticks but a downed saucer, and the like, on which I commented in a previous blog.

But we remember him this weekend for the uncommon bravery involved in his work as an aviator, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. Without sound data and dedicated skepticism (not cynicism), we are likely to believe any old thing. But without a passion for trying on new and even radical ideas, what we know will be surely chained by expectation.

Flaws notwithstanding, here was an explorer's mind.

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Georgina Woodward wrote on Feb. 7, 2016 @ 07:29 GMT
Yes, rest In Peace Edgar Mitchell. Thank you William for this message but also for linking to your earlier one that I had not read. Edgar Mitchel's description of the experience of seeing out into space from the craft is beautiful. I am fortunate to have a good view of he Milky Way on a clear night, which even from here is awesome. So just imagine what he saw. A brave man.

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Steve Dufourny wrote on Feb. 7, 2016 @ 09:39 GMT
It is a beautiful article , thanks for sharing.Respect for the first men in the space.And if we create a space ship here on FQXi,the main problem is the gravitation,and the rotation of the habitable space ship is essential.The Internationalspace station is a ood experience, but not sufficient.We are not made to live in zero or micro gravity.It is our future in fact, we are travellers from stars.The other problem is c.

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