The University of Aruba invites you to a lecture on:
Operation Lunar Eclipse
and the
Moon Rock Project


Tuesday, October 31, 2017
7.30 pm
Aula, University of Aruba
J.E. Irausquinplein 4
Entrance is free of charge

Joe Gutheinz, a decorated retired NASA Office of Inspector General Senior Special Agent, who is better known as the Moon Rock Hunter, will give a speech on his efforts as both an agent and college instructor to locate and recover missing Apollo era moon rocks. He will begin by telling those in attendance how, with the help of a billionaire and his team of agents, he was able to recover the Honduras Goodwill Moon Rock in a sting operation known as Operation Lunar Eclipse. The moon rock was valued at 5 million dollars. Then he will tell the story about how 1,000 of his college students, over a 10 year period, helped find and recover 79 missing Apollo era moon rocks and he will offer specific examples. Finally, he will tell the story of the Apollo 11 lunar bag that was purchased by a woman for under $1,000 and then was sold at auction on July 20th, 2017 for 1.8 million dollars, after she won the rights to that bag from the United States Government by way of a law suit. Attendees will see a short Emmy Award winning movie, Missing Moon Rocks, about Joe’s efforts to find missing moon rocks and they will also get to hold an Apollo lunar practice bag similar to the Apollo 11 lunar bag that was sold at auction for 1.8 Million dollars.
Joe Gutheinz has been labeled the Moon Rock Hunter by the New York Times, Irish Times and by the History Channel, for his, and his students, successful efforts to find and recover missing Apollo era moon rocks. He is a second generation attorney and is a partner in the Gutheinz Law Firm, LLP, where he partners with two of his six sons. 

He has been featured in several documentaries and television shows; has appeared on the BBC, Fox, the Oprah Winfrey Network and the History Channel and has been quoted in news stories all over the world. A 2014 documentary about his life won an Emmy Award. In 2016 he appeared as himself in 11 episodes on NASA’s Unexplained Files on the Science Channel. In 2018 he will appear in a feature length movie titled Operation Lunar Eclipse, about an undercover sting operation he led, where the Honduras Goodwill Moon Rock was recovered. He has written numerous magazine stories and Op/Ed’s on topics as diverse as space exploration, aviation security and the grand jury system. Many of his stories can be found in Geotimes and Earth Magazines.
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