July 1, 2011 by USA Post
Edgar Mitchell, The U.S. government has filed a lawsuit against a former NASA astronaut to recover property used in the Apollo 14 lunar mission. At issue is a camera used during the mission of 1971, which was brought to the attention of NASA after he was put up for sale at auction in New York. Edgar Mitchell was the lunar module pilot for Apollo 14 and the sixth man to walk on the moon. He says the camera belongs to him, and is part of his personal collection of memorabilia.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Miami and charged with illegal possession Mitchell camera and try to sell it for profit. NASA learned the camera was reported in possession of Mitchell after the auction house Bonhams UK announced plans to sell the camera in a sale of Space History is considered one of the two chambers of Apollo 14′s lunar module Antares. The camera is expected to fetch between 60,000 and 80,000 and $.
The description for the camera much labeled it as “a movie camera on the lunar surface” and describes it as having come directly from the personal collection of Mitchell. According to the lawsuit, all equipment and goods used in NASA missions is property of NASA unless explicitly elsewhere. NASA has no record of the camera each time is given to Mitchell as a gift or token for your service, and therefore remains the property states that the legitimate government.
Mitchell sticks to his story that the camera was given after the mission was completed more than 40 years. Through his lawyer Donald Jacobson, Mitchell said that NASA was aware of his ownership of the camera all the time, and objects travel spots were routinely presented as gifts to the astronauts.
The auction house withdrew from the Chamber of sale, when he learned that there was a dispute over the rightful ownership. The lawsuit, still pending, seeks to stop Mitchell from the sale of the camera to any person, orders him to return, and declare that the U.S. government has the exclusive rights for the camera. Objects that are related to lunar missions can get a significant amount of money, and NASA routinely market policies of the unauthorized sale of souvenirs, which seems to be a common occurrence.
In addition to the camera equipment as there is a market for lunar rocks and dust particles, which NASA also is close. Recently, NASA stopped the auction of lunar dust from Apollo 11 in St. Louis, which was part of a similar dispute, where the government claimed that the dust had taken unrightfully and NASA employee said he had Terry Slezak dust was given a gift. Slezak said the powder was given to him because he was the first to touch the lunar dust with his hands while downloading a camera that Neil Armstrong stepped off the moon.
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