Tuesday, July 5, 2011

DOJ files suit against Edgar Mitchell for DAC camera


If the government throws a camera away on the moon and an astronaut then picks it up and saves it, does it become his to own and sell?

That's more or less the question the U.S. government is seeking a federal court answer in the case "United States of America vs. Edgar Mitchell," which was filed in Miami, Florida last Wednesday.

The lawsuit, which names the sixth man to walk on the moon as the defendant, asks the court to declare a movie camera that was used during the 1971 Apollo 14 mission as the "exclusive property of the United States."

After returning to Earth with the camera and having it in his possession for the past four decades, Mitchell, 80, attempted to sell it last month through a New York auction house. The camera, which was estimated to sell between $60,000 and $80,000, was withdrawn before its sale could proceed.

Read the story, HERE.

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