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Judge approves deal in moon camera case

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 05:17 AM
MIAMI -

A federal judge in Florida has approved a settlement between NASA and former astronaut Edgar Mitchell over a camera he brought back from the Apollo 14 moon mission.

The judge's order Monday puts a formal end to a lawsuit filed by NASA, which claimed it still owned the 16mm movie camera. Mitchell insisted it was a gift from the space agency.

The agreement was first announced last week. Mitchell agreed to return the camera to NASA. NASA will give it to the National Air and Space Museum.

The camera was one of two that went to the moon on Apollo 14. NASA learned of its existence when Mitchell tried to sell it through a British auction house.

Mitchell is one of 12 humans who have walked on the moon's surface.

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