The U.S. government has initiated a lawsuit against a former NASA
astronaut to recover property used on the Apollo 14
moon mission. In question is a camera used during the 1971 mission that was brought to the attention of NASA after it was placed up for sale in a New York auction. Edgar Mitchell
was the lunar module pilot for Apollo 14 and is the sixth man to have walked on the moon. He claims the camera is rightfully his, and is part of his personal collection of memorabilia.
The lawsuit was filed in Miami federal court and accuses Mitchell of illegally possessing the camera and attempting to sell it for profit. NASA reportedly learned the camera was in Mitchell's possession after the British auction house Bonhams
announced plans to sell the camera at a Space History Sale billed as one of the two cameras from Apollo 14's lunar module Antares. The camera was expected to fetch between $60,000 and $80,000.