FREE: The Edgar Mitchell Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial and Extraordinary Encounters
The Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial and Extraordinary Encounters (FREE), a non-profit research institute founded by Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Reinerio (Rey) Hernandez, Mary Rodwell and Dr. Rudy Schild on July 15, 2015 for cross-disciplinary academic research on the question, "What is consciousness?" with concentration (through the use of surveys) on “Contact with Non-Human Intelligence," comparing those experiences with "other types of paranormal contact experiences through the following 'Contact Modalities': NDE contact, OBE contact, Shamanic Hallucinogenic contact, Mystical Meditation contact, Channeling, Lucid Dreaming Contact, Remote Viewing contact, and other types of human encounters with non-human intelligence, and related paranormal contact experiences." 
Dr. Mitchell's interests include, of course, questions about overcoming the technological limits to space travel plus these that he shares with the other co-founders: "To get to know them better and they get to know us better ... and we create workable relationships with them, like we do with our neighbors across the street or down the road or over in the next country or over in the next continent so at least we are working together to understand each other in a better way."
Human projection and expectations about commerce in the universe
"Even today, many people believe that advanced technology is the same as advanced ethics and morality. They assume that if a race has survived over a long period of time that they have by necessity overcome the predisposition to competition, conflict and war. In addition, people project their own values upon what life might be like in the universe."
"You have no idea what is going on beyond your shores. And yet visitors, intervening visitors from beyond your shores, are already in the world and have been here for some time. They are not governed by human values or human ethics or human morality. They are not subject to these things, for they are here for their own reasons. They are not interested in you particularly. They do not need your culture and your art and your wonderfully confusing expressions. They are here on a very serious purpose of their own. They are ready for you. They have prepared for you for some time. But you are not ready for them. You have not prepared for them, and your lack of preparation makes you incredibly vulnerable to manipulation and to deception."
- Dr. Lisa Galarneau, Overview and Mission of FREE, The Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial and Extraordinary Encounters, Jun 13, 2018.
- Dr. Lisa Galarneau. Press release for Beyond UFOs: The Science of Consciousness and Contact with Non Human Intelligence, Jul 23, 2018
- FREE website
- Interview with Rey Hernandez, J.D., March 2, 2015, Dr. Edgar Mitchell discusses ET Contact, Consciousness, and the Experiencer Research Project, in which Dr. Mitchell agrees to give his name to the foundation.
- Marshall Vian Summers. New Message on Life in the Universe (September 3, 2007)