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ASF1984
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posted 04-30-2012 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The latest installment of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's (ASF) Astro Chat series stars moonwalker Edgar Mitchell!
Edgar D. Mitchell explored the moon's hilly Fra Mauro region with Alan B. Shepard during the 1971 Apollo 14 mission...

The lunar module pilot will answer your questions about his time in space (or here on Earth). The deadline to post your question (as a reply to this topic) is 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) on Friday, May 4.

Mitchell will answer via video, which will be posted here and on ASF's website in the following weeks.

Previous ASF Astro Chats: Al Worden | Dick Gordon | Jack Lousma | Fred Gregory

Fezman92
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posted 04-30-2012 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the back of your mind did you every worry about the fact that everything that was being used was built by the lowest bidder?

star51L
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posted 04-30-2012 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for star51L   Click Here to Email star51L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which card am I holding up? Circle, square, wavy lines, cross or a star?

All kidding aside, just how frustrating was it to learn after the mission how close you and Alan Shepard had come to Cone Crater?

LM-12
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posted 04-30-2012 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How did your visor-down view of the lunar surface differ from your visor-up view?

Could you see the Lunar Module from the top of Cone Crater?

What does re-entry sound like?

Headshot
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posted 04-30-2012 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had Apollo 13 successfully landed at Fra Mauro, and you could have chosen Apollo 14's landing site yourself, where on the moon woulkd you have liked to set down? (Assuming Alan Shepard would go along with your choice!)

Tom
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posted 04-30-2012 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During the initial powered descent to the Fra Mauro highlands, Antares landing radar was not operating.

If you were unable to get it working again, would you and Al have proceeded to the surface?

Greggy_D
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posted 04-30-2012 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Playing Monday Morning Quarterback, do you wish you would have stayed at NASA to fly on the shuttle during its debut years?

Cozmosis22
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posted 04-30-2012 08:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you had been offered a twelve month deployment as part of a crew of five astronauts at an austere lunar outpost back in the day would you have volunteered?

dabolton
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posted 04-30-2012 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What was your relationship with Alan Shepard post-flight?

Nigel Mc
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posted 05-01-2012 04:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nigel Mc   Click Here to Email Nigel Mc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How do you believe we can inspire a new generation to continue studies in sciences?

What is you favourite book, film or song?

Skyforce1
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posted 05-01-2012 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyforce1   Click Here to Email Skyforce1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After your moonwalk did you notice if space has a smell? I believe the moonrocks brought back smell like sulfur, was just wondering if the void of space had a distinct smell.

Chegi
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posted 05-01-2012 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chegi   Click Here to Email Chegi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mr. Mitchell would you be so kind and answer me, how did you feel on the surface of the Moon. You and Mr. Shepard were the only two inhabitants on the Moon, what was your feelings? Thanks.

jtheoret
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posted 05-01-2012 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jtheoret   Click Here to Email jtheoret     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dr. Mitchell, what destination would you like to see for America's space program: Mars, asteroids or a lunar base and do you see a national program, international cooperation or commercial enterprise as the best way to get there? Thanks

JohnPaul56
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posted 05-01-2012 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JohnPaul56     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dr. Mitchell, what events or series of events do you think led you to be chosen as Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 14? Did you have a good working relationship with Al Shepard before your selection? Or was it suggested to Al from Deke Slayton?

onesmallstep
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posted 05-01-2012 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to ask your recollections on training and flying with Col. Roosa, and if you have read his recent biography, 'Smoke Jumper, Moon Pilot'.

Beau08
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posted 05-01-2012 09:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Beau08   Click Here to Email Beau08     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did you or your crew mates have any trepidation of the flight due to the close call Apollo 13 experienced? Also did NASA communicate directly with the crew of 14 as to any spacecraft reliability issues stemming from 13?

uk spacefan
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posted 05-02-2012 08:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for uk spacefan   Click Here to Email uk spacefan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to know what are your favourite memories of the Apollo 14 flight?

Rob Joyner
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posted 05-03-2012 12:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who were your childhood heroes?

perineau
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posted 05-03-2012 06:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where were you and what were you doing when you learned that you had been selected to walk on the moon (in other words, chosen for the Apollo 14 mission)?

Paul23
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posted 05-03-2012 07:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul23   Click Here to Email Paul23     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With the exception of the training and the flight of Apollo 14, what are your best memories of working at NASA?

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 05-03-2012 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you were commander of Apollo 14 instead of Shepard, and thus had stepped on the moon ahead of him, what would have your first words have been? Armstrong has the "one giant leap," Conrad the "Whoopee!" Mitchell would have said....

Torsten
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posted 05-03-2012 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Torsten   Click Here to Email Torsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What would have happened, if any of the missions would have stranded on the moon? Did you thought about it yourself and was NASA prepared for that worst failure?

Kite
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posted 05-03-2012 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What was your opinion of Apollo 10's back up commander Gordon Cooper's work on that project and if it was harsh on him that Alan Shepard replaced him in the rota.

FFrench
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posted 05-03-2012 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Donn Eisele, who you worked with on the Apollo 10 backup crew, is one of the least-known astronauts outside of NASA. What stories can you tell about Donn and working with him?

jaycadence
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posted 05-04-2012 12:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jaycadence     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dr. Mitchell, can you share any funny stories about one of your colleagues with us? I've heard there were a number of pranksters in the astronaut office. Thanks!

- Julia Paulson

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posted 07-14-2012 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you to everyone who asked questions! The latest Astro Chat video has been posted!

We'll be doing our next interview with Fred Haise on Aug. 1 so start thinking about your questions...

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