Selling History Or Just Personal Stuff? (Update)

NASA Administrator Meets With Apollo Astronauts - Agency Will Work Cooperatively to Resolve Artifact Ownership Issues

"I believe there have been fundamental misunderstandings and unclear policies regarding items from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs, and NASA appreciates the position of the astronauts, museums, learning institutions and others who have these historic artifacts in personal and private collections."

NASA questions Apollo 13 commander's sale of list, AP

"NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs said the lawsuit and Lovell inquiry do not represent an aggressive, broad new agency effort to recover space items. "It's a challenge to continually monitor the growing auctions community, which is usually how these items come to light," he said in an email. "This latest issue demonstrates a need to reach out to former astronauts and other former agency personnel who may have these kind of items."

NASA's Inconsistent Policy Regarding The Sale Of Apollo Era Items

"It should be abundantly clear by now that the NASA IG and General Counsel offices have no consistent policy whatsoever when it comes to selling historic Apollo era artifacts. In some cases you can sell pieces of the Moon, and in other cases you cannot. In some cases you can sell items used during Apollo missions, in other cases, you cannot. And of course, it is also acceptable practice to rough up little old ladies and threaten lawsuits against elderly former astronauts."

- Apollo 13 checklist brings $388,375 at Auction, earlier post
- NASA OIG Admits The Obvious About Moon Rocks, earlier post

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