Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell to donate space memorabilia to Kennesaw State

Mitchell’s donation includes patches and flags flown into orbit in 1971

Georgia (Oct 2, 2008) — Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell to donate space memorabilia to Kennesaw State

Jennifer Hafer

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Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell to donate space memorabilia to KSU
Mitchell’s donation includes patches and flags flown into orbit in 1971


KENNESAW‚ Ga.‚ (Oct. 2‚ 2008) — The sixth man to walk on the moon is donating rare Apollo 14 lunar artifacts to the Sturgis Library at Kennesaw State Oct. 6. The donation event will be held in the University Rooms of the Carmichael Student Center from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Mitchell’s donation of 250 Apollo 14 emblems on space suit material and five flags flown aboard Apollo 14 is the second donation of space memorabilia to the library. Retired USAF Brig. Gen. Charles Moss Duke Jr. donated a lunar module contingency checklist‚ a lunar rover map and 20 Georgia state flags flown on board Apollo 16 to the Sturgis Library last fall.

“The library is working to expand its special collections with items other than rare books‚” said Sturgis Library Assistant Vice President Robert Williams. “This collection of space artifacts‚ along with the previous donation from Apollo 14 astronaut Charles Duke‚ provides students with a greater sense of history by actually being able to see and hold these items.”

Mitchell served as the lunar module pilot of Apollo 14 and spent nine hours moonwalking on the Fra Mauro formation Feb. 9‚ 1971‚ following Apollo’s Feb. 5 landing. The Apollo 14 mission was NASA's third manned lunar landing.

“Dr. Mitchell’s donation bestows upon the university‚ and indeed all of Georgia’s residents‚ the rare distinction of owning more flown lunar artifacts then virtually any other entity in the world‚” said David Frohman‚ a space memorabilia dealer and consultant who arranged the donation. “I am thrilled to have been a part of the process of seeing a world−class space collection built virtually overnight at Kennesaw State University‚ and in doing so‚ I hope to help inspire a new generation to reach for the stars!”

A Presidential Medal of Freedom award recipient‚ Mitchell was also awarded the United States Navy Distinguished Medal and three NASA Group Achievement Awards. He was inducted to the Space Hall of Fame in 1979 and the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1998. He was a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.


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