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November 1, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The last of four people convicted of stealing moon rocks from a NASA safe and trying to sell them was sentenced Wednesday to more than eight years in federal prison. Thad Roberts, 26, a former intern at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, pleaded guilty in December to stealing the rocks, which have been valued at between $2.5 million and $7 million. The rocks came from every Apollo mission from 1969 to 1972.
July 23, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Three student employees and another man were charged with stealing a safe full of moon rocks and meteorites from the Johnson Space Center in Houston and trying to sell them, the FBI office in Tampa said. The items offered for sale by the suspected thieves were kept in a 600-pound safe that was noticed missing July 15, space center spokesman Kyle Herring said. The safe contained lunar samples from every Apollo moon landing.
December 25, 2002 | From Associated Press
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.
June 6, 2004 | Michael Goldstein, Michael Goldstein is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer.
Greetings. My name is Orb Robinson from Tampa, Fla. I have in my possession a rare and multi-karat moon rock I'm trying to find a buyer for. The laws surrounding this type of exchange are known, so I will be straightforward and nonchalant about wanting to find a private buyer. If you, or someone you know would be interested in such an exchange, please let me know. Thank you. * On a balmy night in July 2002, a Jeep Cherokee drove up to an entrance at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
January 19, 2011
A darkness has fallen on the kingdom of the preteens: "Hannah Montana" is officially gone. The Disney Channel series about ordinary girl Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) who has a secret life as a pop star wrapped its fourth and final season Sunday with a finale that drew 6.2 million viewers, according to the Nielsen Co. That was up 9% compared with the average this season, the show's most-watched. Among kids 2 to 11, the finale drew 2.1 million viewers. Despite the show's popularity, Cyrus has said she's relieved to be leaving.
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