An American hero who made history when he flew to the moon has tragically passed away NASAFILEPHOTO

Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, who flew to the moon as a member of the Apollo 14 space crew passed away Thursday night at 85.

Mitchell, who flew to the moon in 1971 died in a hospice care facility late Thursday evening, his daughter Kimberly Mitchell told the Palm Beach Post 

In 1971, Mitchell flew to the moon with Alan Shepard Jr. and Stuart Roosa and became the sixth man to land on the moon.

Mitchell’s passing comes just days after the 45th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 14 on January 31, 1971.

In 1996, Mitchell wrote of his experiences in space in his memoir “The Way of the Explorer.”

“What I experienced during that three-day trip home was nothing short of an overwhelming sense of universal connectedness. I actually felt what has been described as an ecstasy of unity,” he wrote.

Mitchell, who was well known in the community of people that believes in UFOs gained some notoriety after he donated his camera that filmed parts of his mission to NASA. The stunning footage is among some of the best and most concise looks at space travel.

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