Dr. Edgar Mitchell, one of many space-faring NASA icons to have strolled across the surface of Earth’s moon in decades past, has now invoked the wrath of the U.S. Government, which has announced plans to sue the Apollo astronaut for attempted sale of a camera used during the 1971 Apollo 14 mission.

Reuters recently reported that NASA had discovered plans to sell one of the historic cameras used to film the lunar surface back in March, via the British auction house Bonhams. Apparently, the camera was illegal for Mitchell to possess in the first place, and NASA has said repeated attempts to obtain the item from both Mitchell and his lawyer had resulted in no reply.

Mitchell, of course, is better known in Fortean circles for his outspoken advocacy of extraterrestrial presences here on Earth. I recall during an interview with Mitchell years ago, which I engineered for Joshua Warren’s radio program Speaking of Strange, where Mitchell stated that, while he had never witnessed an extraterrestrial himself, he had essentially been “briefed” in the past be persons with high-level governmental clearance, and that these individuals had expressed to him that the UFO situation represented “a valid and real phenomenon.”

And Mitchell is hardly the only NASA employee to go on the record saying such things. A number of bizarre statements have been issued, often in passing, during interviews with astronauts; several gems of this sort come courtesy of Buzz Aldrin who, along with descriptions of UFOs he had witnessed while in Earth’s orbit, also made rather Clarkian (or even Kubrickian) references to a “monolith” on one of Mars’ moons. Gordon Cooper and Story Musgrave have also made public references to seeing UFO craft during their years in service, with the latter having allegedly spotted an unidentified object while in orbit during the 1996 STS-80 operation.

Image courtesy of NASA.


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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at info@micahhanks.com.

2 Replies to “Astronaut Edgar Mitchell Sued Over Sale of Lunar Camera

  1. I too wrote about this on my blog. What bothers me about this story is not that the government is fighting Mitchell over the ownership of this camera; what *does* bother me is that NASA is learning about the whereabouts of this historic piece of equipment after. 40. Years!

    This is the kind of stuff that fuels my skepticism on grand conspiracy theories involving NASA. Over the years they have proven to be one of the most incompetent bureaucratic bodies of the governmental apparatus; their blunders have not only resulted in the misplacement of important data & artifacts

  2. my first impression of this story was that NASA was worried that the camera may fall into the hands of someone that would realize that if it did go to the moon and take photographic images ( on film ) they would have invariably been fogged due to the complete lack of even the most modest shielding.

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