The United States space agency NASA is launching a lawsuit against Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell. After discovering that Mitchell attempted to auction off the lunar camera that was used during the 1971 moon mission, NASA filed the lawsuit.
Edgar Mitchell, the Apollo 14 astronaut who was the sixth man to walk the moon, has made been the news on several occasions. One of his most controversial stories transpired last month during an interview with the Discovery Channel. In the interview, Mitchell claims that there was a UFO crash in Roswell that was an alien spacecraft.
In 2006, Mitchell said during a radio interview that extraterrestrials have attempted to make contact with Earth, but governments for the past 60 years have covered it up. Mitchell added that the aliens are “little people who look strange to us.”
Mitchell is in the news once again. It seems NASA is suing Mitchell after they found out that he was auctioning off the lunar camera that was utilized during the 1971 mission to the moon, according to Reuters.
The lawsuit accuses Mitchell of illegally possessing the camera and trying to sell it for profit. The lawsuit says the pre-sale estimate was between $60,000 and $80,000. The space agency is requesting the Miami federal court to cease Mitchell from selling the camera, returning it to its proper owner and to declare the government has “good, clean and exclusive title” to the lunar camera.
“All equipment and property used during NASA operations remains the property of NASA unless explicitly released or transferred to another party,” NASA said in the lawsuit statement. It added that they have made several contacts with Mitchell and his lawyer to return the item but never received a response.
Donald Jacobson, Mitchell’s attorney, says NASA was aware of Mitchell’s possession of the camera 40 years ago and that they even approved it. “Objects from the lunar trips to the moon were ultimately mounted and then presented to the astronauts as a gift after they had helped NASA on a mission,” said Jacobson.
NASA says they have no record of this transfer.
The Palm Beach Post is reporting that Mitchell is “strapped for cash,” which is why he went as far as selling such a historic and important piece of equipment.
The camera in question is a 16mm camera identified as a Data Acquisition Camera.