Back in 2002, Thad Roberts was a young NASA co-op student working to become an astronaut….until he attempted to sell stolen moon rocks.
here is the story from a 2011 Live Science article.
In 2002, Thad Roberts was a 25-year-old intern at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Like so many young lovers, he had promised his girlfriend the moon. Uniquely, he decided to actually deliver on the promise, and stole 17 pounds of moon rocks from the space agency that had been brought back to Earth by Apollo astronauts. He got caught selling the rocks on the Internet.
The stunt landed Roberts in prison for 100 months. Not willing to let his NASA experience or undergraduate degree in astrophysics go to waste, he spent his time behind bars contemplating the greatest mysteries of the universe, and conceived a theory to explain them. According to Roberts and his followers, quantum space theory (QST) could unify Einstein’s general relativity with quantum mechanics at long last.
Robert’s extraordinary story is chronicled in a new book by Ben Mezrich called “Sex On the Moon” (Doubleday 2011), which hit stores July 12. The title refers to the fact that, immediately after his out-of-this-world heist, Roberts and his girlfriend scattered the stolen moon rocks across his bed and had sex on them. Sounds … comfortable.
I tracked Thad down and asked him to tell me the story of the moon rock heist in his own words.