Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NASA, DOD Direct Their Anger at Edgar Mitchell for Speaking the Truth, Pictures

Outspoken Former Astronaut Edgar Mitchell is on the receiving end of DOD anger, "UFOs are Real"

Outspoken Astronaut Mitchell
feels Dept of Defense anger for speaking out!
This is a clear case of former astronaut Edgar Mitchell feeling the anger and wrath of NASA or more aptly put the Department of Defense.  Mitchell has repeatedly said that UFOs are real, that there is a segment of the US government that knows all about UFOs and they are intentionally keeping the public in the dark on this issue. NASA filed a federal lawsuit to get a video camera back that has been in Mitchell's possession for more than 4o years. 

For NASA to finally wait more than 40 years to collect what they now consider to be a valuable artifact is simply not realistic. 

Of course NASA can't do much to such a storied astronaut with a Masters of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and a Doctor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT who piloted Apollo 10 and Apollo 14 and spent 9 hours on the lunar surface. I feel quite sure if his creditably would have been less impressive the punishment would have been much more severe. The Department of Defense is that branch of government that exerts control and financial leverage over NASA and they have been seething at Mitchel's remarks for years. Make no mistake about it, this is about payback and retribution, it is not about a camera once considered space junk by NASA. 

Of course the mainstream media goes right along with this charade, turning a the usual blind eye to the truth! 

NASA forces Apollo astronaut to give back space camera he had brought home from 1971 moonwalk mission as souvenir

Former astronaut Edgar Mitchell has reluctantly given back the space camera he brought home from his 1971 Apollo 14 moon mission, rather than face a federal lawsuit over its ownership.

The 81-year-old argued the data acquisition camera was a gift from NASA, and earlier this year - four decades after taking it to space - he tried to auction it through the British firm Bonhams.

NASA says the camera is U.S. government property and sued Mr Mitchell to get it back after learning in March the device was up for sale.
Mr Mitchell agreed to allow Bonhams' New York auction house, where the camera was consigned for sale last June, to release the artifact to the government. Bonhams had estimated the camera's value at $60,000 to $80,000.
Once returned to NASA, the space agency will pass it on to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington for display within 60 days.

Both sides will pay their own legal expenses. A judge was expected to sign off on the settlement in the coming days.

Mitchell’s attorney Armen R. Vartian said his client decided the settlement was the best way to resolve a conflict with NASA.'I think both sides saw the lawsuit as something that should not continue,' he added.
Mr Mitchell is one of 12 humans to have walked on the moon. He later received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The data acquisition cameras (DAC), measuring six inches, by four inches by two inches, were taken into space to record engineering data and lunar surface imagery.

This particular camera was one of two that went to the moon's surface on the Apollo 14 mission, which Mr Mitchell piloted. It shot the final five minutes of the lunar module, named Antares, landing on the moon.

During the mission, Mr Mitchell and Alan Shepard spent hours collecting nearly 100 pounds of lunar samples.

They also demonstrated that astronauts could walk long distances safely, covering about two miles on one expedition. Mr Shepard's attempt at swatting a golf ball on the moon can be viewed on the internet.

The mission plan called for the DACs to be left in Antares to save weight aboard the command module, the capsule that would return the two moonwalkers and pilot Stu Roosa to Earth.

But Mr Mitchell saved the camera and brought it back to Earth along with various other spacesuit and spacecraft hardware the team chose to keep as mementos.

Mr Mitchell countered by referring to a practice in the 1970s that allowed the Apollo astronauts to keep equipment that had not been intended to return from the moon, so long as the items did not exceed weight limitations and were approved by management.

Mr Mitchell argued that if he had not brought it home, the camera would still be space junk, unwanted by NASA.

The government has won out, though, despite never making clear what distinguished the camera from other Apollo-returned hardware.

Since his retirement, Mr Mitchell has devoted much of his life to exploring the mind, physics, the possibility of space aliens and ways of linking religion with scientific fact.

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