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4.0 out of 5 stars Uncovering lunar larceny
Welcome to the world of space-crime, where the bad guys are intent on picking NASA's loosely guarded pockets by embezzling money budgeted for the Mir space station, by trafficking in artifacts from the Challenger disaster and most of all by selling lunar rocks brought back to Earth by Apollo astronauts.

During 17 lunar missions between 1961 and 1972, the Apollo...
Published on February 23, 2012 by Rett01

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun little book
Enjoyable little book and a former NASA investigator who becomes obsessed with moon rocks.

Not as great as "Sex on the Moon", but a fascinating tale of someone who wants to find out the whereabouts of all of the moon rocks that Nixon gave out around the world.
Published on February 24, 2012 by Edmund Davis


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4.0 out of 5 stars Uncovering lunar larceny, February 23, 2012
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This review is from: The Case of the Missing Moon Rocks (Kindle Single) (Kindle Edition)
Welcome to the world of space-crime, where the bad guys are intent on picking NASA's loosely guarded pockets by embezzling money budgeted for the Mir space station, by trafficking in artifacts from the Challenger disaster and most of all by selling lunar rocks brought back to Earth by Apollo astronauts.

During 17 lunar missions between 1961 and 1972, the Apollo program landed six spacecraft on the moon. Twelve Apollo astronauts remain the only humans to have walked on a celestial body other than Earth. They brought back nearly 900 pounds of lunar material and most of those rocks remain locked in NASA vaults.

As a goodwill gesture and to promote world order and peace, President Nixon in 1973 had one particular moon rock known as Sample 70017 cut into fragments and given on behalf of America to all U.S. states and 135 countries around the globe.

The "Goodwill Moon Rocks" each weigh in at an insignificant 1.5 grams, but they've become a huge obsession of Joseph Gutheinz, who has become a modern-day Don Quixote in his quest to recover some of those missing rocks, which over time have been lost, stolen or simply disappeared. When they do turn up it's usually on the Black Market and at asking prices in the millions.

Gutheinz wants the lunar artifacts returned where they belong. Operation Lunar Eclipse remains his most daring and successful sting. Posing as a wealthy collector, he was able to recover and return a missing rock to the Honduran government. A Florida fruit wholesaler had been offering to sell the rock for $5 million.

In his story, reprinted from the February 2012 issue of "The Atavist," Kloc follows Gutheinz in his erratic quest and also heads out on the trail of some of the other missing rocks.

It's a peripatetic romp that holds your interest because it's so quixotic and full of oddball characters, among them Jerry Whittredge, who when not claiming to be William J. Clinton is an astronaut imposter who makes up tales of his space travels and tries to sell fake autographs. Like a bumpy ride through space, Kloc's story is a little bit erratic but mostly exhilarating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun little book, February 24, 2012
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Enjoyable little book and a former NASA investigator who becomes obsessed with moon rocks.

Not as great as "Sex on the Moon", but a fascinating tale of someone who wants to find out the whereabouts of all of the moon rocks that Nixon gave out around the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars My comment on the book, October 19, 2012
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The book was bought by me for its title and relation with the Moon Rocks, but the most interesting part is how detectives investigate difficult cases
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but interesting, October 4, 2012
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This is less a book than an extended journalistic account of the behind-the-scenes search for missing and misplaced moon rocks. Don't expect a lot of atmosphere - The Right Stuff this is not. Still, some interesting facts about the fate of some of the moon rocks that were given as presents by President Nixon during the Apollo program.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, well researched, September 16, 2012
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What a great way to spend 99 cents. Not a long novel, but I got a lot of enjoyment out of this little book. I thought it was money well-spent. Its a very quick read, but very interesting. Even the end notes kept me captivated...very short, but worth a dollar.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock in Space, February 24, 2012
This review is from: The Case of the Missing Moon Rocks (Kindle Single) (Kindle Edition)
In this must-read piece, writer Joe Kloc profiles Joseph Gutheinz, a former NASA senior special agent turned guerilla-detective, long-obsessed with tracking down and returning moon rocks that were originally given away as "goodwill gifts" but are now sold on the black market for millions of dollars. The story involves a surprising (and famous!) mystery donor, South American dictators, a fruit-seller who dreamed of bigger things, and secret agent escapades so mind-boggling they feel clipped from a detective novel - but they're real. Kloc is both an excellent reporter and storyteller, and his piece is laugh-out-loud witty, but also explores deeper issues (why doesn't NASA care about retrieving their moon rocks?) and paints a fascinating portrait of Gutheinz, a modern-day Don Quixote.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, February 15, 2014
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Always follow the money! Makes you wonder what else our country gives away to leaders that don't care! Fun Read:)>
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, September 20, 2013
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I found the story very interesting, I did not know that NIxon gave away so many rock that were collected from the moon. and of course so many pieces missing...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read, May 27, 2013
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If you have read the Playboy article about the missing moon rocks like I have then this is a wonderful little read. Once you get into it it's almost impossible to finish. It's really well written and a fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, April 3, 2013
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This is the kind of text I expect from Kindle Singles. I was aware of the problem, but now have a better undestanding.
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