NASA Sues Former Apollo 14 Astronaut over Lunar Camera

Submitted by Elaine Magliaro, Guest Blogger

Edgar Dean Mitchell, a lunar module pilot and the sixth person to walk on the surface of the Moon, is being sued by NASA. NASA wants Mitchell to return a camera that went to the Moon on the Apollo 14 mission. A lawsuit filed by the federal government on Thursday in a South Florida federal court claims that the former astronaut tried to sell the camera in an auction.

NASA, reportedly, learned in March that a British auction house “was planning to sell the camera at an upcoming Space History Sale” in May. According to a Boston Globe article, government lawyers contend that Mitchell “is exercising improper dominion and control over a NASA Data Acquisition Camera.’’  The lawyers “are asking US District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley to order Mitchell to return the camera immediately.”

The lawsuit says that the camera had a pre-sale estimate of $60,000 to $80,000—and that “all equipment and property used during NASA operations remains the property of NASA unless explicitly released or transferred to another party.”

Mitchell, who is eighty, said, “It’s utter nonsense.” He added that during “the moon mission era” he and other astronauts had gotten permission to take mementos from the space craft. “We have dozens of pieces. All of us who flew to the moon.”

In addition to requesting that the judge declare the camera property of the US government, the lawsuit asks that Mitchell be required “to pay all legal and court fees arising from the case.”

NASA Biographical data on Edgar Dean Mitchell


US sues astronaut for camera’s return (Boston Globe)

NASA sues ex-astronaut Edgar Mitchell seeking return of camera that went to moon on Apollo 14 (Washington Post/AP)

Ex-astronaut tries to sell camera from moon trip: It’s a developing story — NASA sues to get it back after seeing it up for auction (MSNBC/Reuters)

NASA sues ex-astronaut over camera that went to moon: Lawsuit contends Edgar Mitchell tried to sell camera at auction (Orlando Sentinel/AP)

119 thoughts on “NASA Sues Former Apollo 14 Astronaut over Lunar Camera”

  1. I have to acknowledge the logic, but how do you know a teenager is more filling? Do they taste like chicken?

  2. Buddha’s says “I may change how I handle your lot in the future if I decide I’d like to guest blog”

    No doubt Turley’s invitation was lost in the mail:

    I thought of you when I cleaned dog shit off my shoes after mowing the lawn.

    You ignorant presumptuous insane cow.

    Buddha April 25, 2011

    There once were some trolls from Nantucket
    With heads as empty as buckets,
    When confounded with reason,
    They fought through the season,
    But in the end they could only suck it.

    Buddha September 17, 2010

    duh, I am a good writer.

  3. Nope. If I have pizza I either make it from scratch or do pick up. I live outside delivery range of my favorite pizza place. Besides, even if I did do delivery, eating the pizza delivery person is counterproductive. 1) It’d ruin my appetite for pizza as eating a teenager is considerably more filling than eating a pizza and 2) I’d just have to go get the next one anyway. The troll bones, however, have to be disposed of by special means as they are technically toxic waste. Fortunately, there is an EPA certified disposal facility near by. I get the bulk rate.

  4. kderosa:

    “Is that where you hide the pizza delivery boy uniforms and bones?”

    Now that was funny. I wonder if he canabalizes them or grinds them up for cat food. Fancy Feast indeed.

    Also notice how he mentions a grade school close by, not implying anything, just saying.

  5. I’m so sorry! I don’t invite trolls over to the house. You tend to poo on the carpets and try to eat the cats. There is a lovely swampy bridge close by with convenient access to a grade school. While I don’t want you in my house, I wouldn’t make you stay some place you couldn’t eat should you make an ill-informed effort to visit.

  6. @Buddha sock puppet – I’m sure you have lots of experience jerking things down mommy’s basement.

    @Roco, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  7. kderosa:

    he says he has a spacious 3 bedroom house. Who am I to argue with that.
    He actually does write pretty well. But writing well and being right are 2 entirely different things.

    He may write well but his conclusions are half baked at best.

  8. What part of “jerking your troll chain amuses me” escapes your grasp?

    Aside from all of it.

  9. Whatever you say sockpuppet. I still don’t understand why you feel the need to keep on responding like a lunatic. Obviously my low self-esteem prediction hit a nerve.

  10. Awwww. Isn’t projection simply precious!

    I say I’m a good writer because, duh, I am a good writer.

    Your vote of approval is not required.

  11. @Roco, Obviously he’s operating under some mental defect. Tourettes I’m thinking. With a large dash of low self-esteem based on his incessant need to claim victory and his insecurity with his own writing ability. It also explains why he thinks everybody who disgarees with him is being paid by his opponents. I bet he’s unemployed or holds some menial job like the shopping cart retriever at Walmart and lives in his mommy’s basement writing his manifesto while playing his WII and eating his pb&j sanwiches that his mommy carefully cut the crusts off. I’d also bet he has very poor pesonal hygiene and is a social misfit in the real world.

  12. kderosa:

    he has said that a couple of times. I dont know why though. It would be interesting to see why he does.

  13. Ahhh . . . the nervous (and jealous) giggle of the squashed troll.

    Music to my ears. :mrgreen:

  14. Now this is funny.

    “This is a hobby. I can do it elsewhere and probably get paid for it. I have fans. I’m a very good writer.” — Buddha


  15. Buddha,

    You think? Hmmmm….Well you live to be of service….I wake up just to annoy….

  16. Still smarting over being the only person ever banished I see. I never said I was civil. I will even stipulate that when I want to be, I can be most uncivil.

    If you don’t like it? Don’t read my posts. It really is that simple.


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