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US prosecutors settle with ex-Apollo astronaut

3 years ago October 28, 2011 Oct 28, 2011 Friday, October 28 2011 Friday, October 28, 2011 7:49:46 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

MIAMI - Federal prosecutors and former astronaut Edgar Mitchell have reached an agreement over a camera Mitchell brought home from his 1971 Apollo 14 moon mission.

Mitchell says the camera was a gift from NASA. In March, he tried to auction it through the British firm Bonhams. NASA says the camera is U.S. government property.

In papers filed Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami stated Mitchell will agree to return the camera to NASA. NASA will in turn give it to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington for display. A judge must sign off on the settlement.

The camera was one of two 16 mm motion picture cameras on the spaceship.

Mitchell is one of 12 humans to walk the moon. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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