NASA chief: will work out ownership of space items

By CURT ANDERSON | January 9, 2012 | 3:15 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — NASA chief Charles Bolden says the agency is committed to working out ownership issues for artifacts that flew in space aboard Apollo moon shots and other missions.

Bolden met Monday in Washington with Apollo 13 commander James Lovell and other former astronauts. NASA has questioned whether Lovell has the right to sell a checklist from the mission that received a bid of more than $388,000 at auction. The agency also sued a former astronaut over an attempt to sell a camera from the Apollo 14 moon mission.

Bolden's statement calls Lovell and the others heroes. He says there have been fundamental misunderstandings and unclear policies about items from missions dating to the original Mercury manned space program.

Bolden says the agency and astronauts will explore how to resolve those issues.