The Case of the Missing Moon Rocks

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The Case of the Missing Moon Rocks
Author Joe Kloc
Illustrator Joe Kloc
Cover artist Joe Kloc
Country United States
Language English
Subject Stolen moon rocks
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Atavist (publisher)
Publication date
February 22, 2012 (2012-02-22)
Media type Nook Book
ISBN 2940013968264

The Case of the Missing Moon Rocks is a non-fiction book by Joe Kloc, a former contributing editor for Seed Magazine. It describes the efforts of both Joseph Gutheinz, a NASA Office of Inspector General Senior Special Agent turned college professor and his students to locate and find up to 79 missing Apollo 11 and 17 moon rocks and plaques that the United States government gave away to 135 nations of the world, all 50 states and its territories.[1]

It begins by telling the story of Operation Lunar Eclipse, the first successful sting operation to recover a piece of the moon brought back by American astronauts, a sting operation the professor led and went undercover in, while still an agent. The sting operation successfully recovered the Honduras Apollo 17 Goodwill Moon Rock that was in the possession of Florida businessman Alan H. Rosen. This operation was funded in part with the financial assistance of H. Ross Perot, billionaire and former Presidential candidate.[2][3]

On October 1, 2012, Gutheinz gave a major speech on Operation Lunar Eclipse and the Moon Rock Project before the Engineering Colloquium at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The speech was entitled "Finding the Missing Moon Rocks", and is preserved on a video at the Space Flight Center Library.[4] In that speech Joe Gutheinz was critical of NASA and the U.S. Government for not turning over the Cyprus Apollo 17 Goodwill Moon Rock to Cyprus, which was also a major topic in Joe Kloc’s novel. On May 16, 2013 news reports first broke that bowing from pressure from Cyprus the United States Government would give Cyprus its Apollo 17 Goodwill Moon Rock.[5][6]

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  1. ^,0,7626284.story " Review: ‘The Case of the Missing Moon Rocks’, Joe Kloc”, by Courtney Crowder, Chicago Tribune, April 26, 2013
  2. ^ Kloc, Joe (February 2012). "The Case of the Missing Moon Rocks". The Atavist. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ “Fly Me to the Moon: How a Houston attorney combs the planet looking for rocks from outer space”, by Lowell Brown, pictures by Troy Hale & Colin Marshall of Michigan State University; Texas Bar Journal Magazine, Vol. 76, No 7, page 581, July 2013.
  4. ^ "Finding the Missing Moon Rocks", Joseph Gutheinz, Goddard Engineering Colloquium, October 1, 2012.
  5. ^ “Whatever Happened to all the Moon Rocks“. By: David Leveille with radio interview of Joseph Gutheinz; PRI The World from the BBC, May 16, 2013.
  6. ^ “Cyprus finally asks for return of its moon rock“. By: Stefanos Evripidou, Cyprus Mail, May 17, 2013.

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