Security planned for moon rock display at KU

LAWRENCE | A touchable moon rock is coming to the University of Kansas next week amid tough security measures required by NASA.

Officials for the space agency said the three billion-year-old moon rock could be worth a small fortune to thieves.

Joe Gutheinz, while serving as a special agent for NASA, said he was amazed at the lack of security for some moon-rock displays around the world. He said thieves could sell the rocks for $5 million or more on the black market.

Gutheinz said he helped recover a moon rock stolen from Honduras, but Malta's stolen moon rock has not been found.

The rock coming to Lawrence is the central feature of a larger multimedia exhibit called Driven to Explore, which showcases the next generation of NASA spacecraft.

The exhibit is scheduled for April 13-14 at Eaton Hall.