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How NASA Interns Stole Moon Rocks

You might recall the heist of moon rocks worth $32 million by NASA interns in 2002. Or, if you're like me, you might not have any recollection of this incredibly stupid scheme to make some money by selling what is one of the rarest materials on earth.

Lucky you (me)! Gizmodo has the heretofore unheard details of how the two interns breached building 31 North in Johnson Space Center, sneaking into an oxygen-deprived room, unbolting a 600lb safe and carrying it home. The story, albeit uncorroborated, is straight out of a movie (which someone surely has optioned by now). If you need to catch up on the basics of the heist, I recommend this LA Times story from 2004. ]