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MOONROCK 2002

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  • dghprobe3@aol.com
    Is this the case that finally propels Hugh Lockwood out of retirement? Fan fiction possibilities, anyone? :-)
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 24, 2002
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      Is this the case that finally propels Hugh Lockwood out of retirement?
      Fan fiction possibilities, anyone? :-)

      http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-brf-stolen-moon-roc

      ks1224dec24,0,813953.story?coll=sns-ap-nation-headlines

      NASA Workers Admit Stealing Moon Rocks
      By Associated Press
      December 24, 2002, 6:58 PM EST

      ORLANDO, Fla. -- Three student employees at the Johnson Space Center in
      Houston have pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to steal moon rocks
      collected by Apollo astronauts.

      Tiffany Fowler, Thad Roberts and Shae Saur pleaded guilty in federal court in
      Orlando last week to conspiracy to commit theft and interstate transportation
      of stolen property.

      Undercover FBI agents arrested Roberts, 25, Fowler, 22, and a fourth
      defendant, Gordon McWhorter, 26, in Orlando in July. Saur, 19, was arrested
      in Houston the same day. The student workers were fired after the arrests.

      McWhorter, a college friend of Roberts, is scheduled for trial in February.

      Investigators say the group placed an ad in May on the Web site of the
      Mineralogy Club of Antwerp, Belgium, offering to sell "priceless moon rocks"
      collected by Apollo astronauts in 1969 and the early 1970s for $1,000 to
      $5,000 a gram.

      Two months later, a safe containing moon rocks from every Apollo mission was
      discovered missing from the space center. Officials said the inventory
      offered by the suspects came from the safe.


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