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The Case of the Missing Moon Rocks (Kindle Single)

The Case of the Missing Moon Rocks (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Joe Kloc , The Atavist
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Joseph Gutheinz is on a mission to save the moon. Decades ago, astronauts brought back 850 pounds of rocks from their lunar journeys; the U.S. gave some away as “goodwill” gifts to the world’s nations. Over time, many of them disappeared, stolen or lost in the aftermath of political turmoil, and offered for millions on the black market. Gutheinz, first as a NASA investigator and then the leader of a intrepid group of students, has dedicated his life to getting them back. Author Joe Kloc tells a wild story of geopolitics, crime, science, and one man’s obsession with keeping the moon out of the wrong hands.

Joe Kloc is a former contributing editor at Seed magazine and researcher at Wired. His writing and illustrations have appeared in Mother Jones, Scientific American, and The Rumpus.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 144 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Atavist (19 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BGZNZ8
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #282,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Missing Drama 26 Mar 2013
By Jim O
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Disappointing as in my opinion the Author had a real chance to give the story more drama and not leave it as a meandering tale
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4.0 out of 5 stars Uncovering lunar larceny 23 Feb 2012
By Rett01 - Published on
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun little book 25 Feb 2012
By Edmund Davis - Published on
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars My comment on the book 19 Oct 2012
By Eddie - Published on
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but interesting 5 Oct 2012
By closet romantic from New Hampshire - Published on
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, well researched 17 Sep 2012
By TDub - Published on
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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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It was due to stand trial in the case that was to be officially catalogued by the Southern District of Florida as United States of America v. One Lucite Ball Containing Lunar Material (One Moon Rock) and One Ten Inch by Fourteen Inch Wooden Plaque. Technically speaking, President George W. Bush was suing Honduras’s moon &quote;
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moon rocks were one of three NASA artifacts, along with debris from the Apollo 1 and Challenger explosions, that it was outright illegal to sell. &quote;
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after Apollo 11, the first moon landing back in 1969, Nixon had sent out around 200 lunar samples. &quote;
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