LAKE WORTH, Fla. - Retired Astronaut, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, shows off his impressive collection of memorabilia from his almost seven years working at NASA. Mitchell flew to the moon on the Apollo 14 Mission and spent almost ten hours working on the surface of the moon.
With the 40th anniversary of Apollo 14's journey fast approaching, Mitchell expressed optimism about future expeditions on the lunar landscape and into outer space.
As for the Space Shuttle program being set to retire next year, Mitchell says there are good reasons for it. One is economics.
He states "it was a necessary step, I believe, because our economic system had virtually collapsed on us. Getting to the moon is important and going back to the moon is important, but not nearly as important as getting the world economic system up and humming again."
The second reason for the shuttle retirement he cites, is technology.
Mitchell says "The shuttle is almost 30 years old now. They're all old machine."
Now in his 80th year, Mitchell has been asked if he would ever consider a return to the final frontier.
He responded by stating, "people started asking me, when John Glenn went up when he was 75 years old. They said, 'Edgar, don't you want to go up?' I said, 'Well of course, but I'm going to wait until I'm 100 and beat John's record!"
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