RIP, Edgar Mitchell – Moonwalker #6 and change agent

Edward Mitchell, moonwalker and change agent

Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, Apollo 14 lunar module pilot stands by the deployed U.S. flag on the lunar surface during the early moments of the mission’s first spacewalk. Photo: NASA, Caption: Boing Boing

RIP, Edgar Mitchell, 6th person to walk on the moon, and change agent. On the perspective granted by outer space:

“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.”