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Houston lawyer - moon rocks missing

2012-05-13 22:38

Buffalo  Former Nasa investigator Joe Gutheinz has been on a quest to recover moon rocks.

Samples were collected by the dozen American astronauts who walked on the lunar surface between 1969 and 1972. US states, territories, the United Nations and foreign governments received them as gifts.

Some rock samples were loaned to museums and given to scientists for research. They ranged from dust particles to tiny pebbles.

Gutheinz says many moon rocks are in storage. He says an inventory control system is needed.

The Houston lawyer teaches college classes in investigative techniques. He and his students are responsible for directly or indirectly recovering 79 moon rocks since 2002.

These include lunar rocks presented to several governors.

No one has kept proper track of the rocks. Nasa has promised to tighten controls.

Comments
  • Isaac - 2012-05-14 03:02

    Aperture Science Testing Facility purchased one or two moon rocks in the 70's. They were throwing science at the wall in those days, seeing what would stick.

      stefan.brink - 2012-05-14 09:44

      Just don't eat it, whatever you do

  • Reon - 2012-05-14 06:14

    Houston, we have a problem!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-14 06:40

      ...or "We have a problem." - Houston.

  • Jacobus - 2012-05-14 06:45

    Very important news, this missing moon rock thing. Need to fill up the morning paper, see.

  • luzuko.qongo - 2012-05-14 07:38

    Got excited for no reason. Thought the rocks missing were the ones Whitney Houston is alleged to have used before she died!!

  • muhammed.omarjee - 2012-05-14 08:58

    Second time this is happening! The first time, they went missing from the moon itself :-)

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