A NASA inquiry into the ownership of a variety of space artifacts, including Jim Lovell’s Apollo 13 checklist, has halted their sale at auction.


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Power grab: A NASA inquiry into the ownership of a variety of space artifacts, including Jim Lovell’s Apollo 13 checklist, has halted their sale at auction.

In other words, it appears that NASA management has decided that everything ever built by NASA belongs to NASA, forever, even if NASA would have thrown it away at some point.

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  • jwing

    I think it’s fine for these great american heroes and role models to be able to keep a memento or two to pass on as a family heirloom. They’ve earned that much, but I can’t stomach their mercenary selling of artifacts attached to one of the greatest acheivements of mankind and this country. I believe if these astronaunts are willing to part with their artifacts they shoud firt see if the Smithsonian would take them so that futrue generations of americans citizens can appreciate not simply a few private investors. Selling these items at auction instead of donating them to museums only lessens the image of the astronauts bravery and heroic acheivements. If it’s truly personal items kike toothbrushes and notes, they should do what ever they want with them, but if it is hardware conected to the Apollo missions, such as cameras and instrumentation, I believe its ture home is the Smithsonian.

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