NASA sues ex-astronaut Mitchell over moon camera

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Posted: Jul 01, 2011 11:40 AM
NASA sues ex-astronaut Mitchell over moon camera

NASA is suing former astronaut Edgar Mitchell to get back a camera that went to the moon on the Apollo 14 mission.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in South Florida federal court contends Mitchell recently tried to sell the camera at an auction. NASA says there's no record that the device was ever transferred to Mitchell and NASA wants it back.

Mitchell became the sixth person to walk on the moon during the 1971 Apollo 14 mission. He now lives in Lake Worth. A phone number listed for him is disconnected and there was no immediate indication Friday he had an attorney.

The 16mm camera is known as a Data Acquisition Camera. It was one of two that went to the moon on Apollo 14.