The Case of the Missing Moon Rocks (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
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I am not a space buff, but I found this story fascinating on many levels. There's hapless people trying to capitalize on an unexpected opportunity to get rich. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tungsten Hippo
very clever and amusing. an interestingly creative kind of journalism. don't miss the footnotes!Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Although it is a bit of a short story on this subject, the subject itself is so interesting, you got to read it through to understand every little detail of it! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Travis Scotka
Kloc's story of the missing Moon rocks is well researched (perhaps exhaustively) and shows every dint of hard reportage. It lacks only interest and excitement to keep it moving. Read morePublished on May 6, 2014 by Marty McFly
Always follow the money! Makes you wonder what else our country gives away to leaders that don't care! Fun Read:)>Published on February 15, 2014 by Robert C. Rudenauer Sr.
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...Published on September 20, 2013 by Christopher Shatley
This is the kind of text I expect from Kindle Singles. I was aware of the problem, but now have a better undestanding.Published on April 3, 2013 by Jajadeh
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