Here’s what’s happening this week in the world of Sexy Archaeology!
We’ve been hooked on the Moon for the past week now and until July 20th rolls around, the 40 year anniversary of the Moon landing, we’re not stopping! Muahahaha!
Ever wonder what happened to the original footage of the moon landing? In an embarrassing acknowledgment, the space agency said Thursday that it must have erased the Apollo 11 moon footage years ago so that it could reuse the videotape. D’oh! If that’s not a lesson in heritage preservation, I don’t know what is! Link.
What about those groovy space suits? Surely they’ve been taken care of, right? Well, sort of.
Turns out age is catching up with the NASA spacesuits as years of exposure to light and humidity are causing the suits, composed of 21 layers of synthetic materials, to decay. Displayed behind glass in a museum since the late 1960s, the spacesuits are currently being restored as the United States prepares to mark the 40th anniversary of the moon landings. Link.
Okay, now for something a bit more terrestrial. How about we take a trip over to Utah to see what is happening in the world famous stolen artifacts case.
This week on Days of our Pot Hunting… wait, The Old and the Immoral. How about Blanding, 84511? No, I’ve got it General Thievery. Anyway…
This week a Blanding, Utah man was arrested for accusations that he threatened to beat up the informant in the now world famous artifacts case. Charles Denton Armstrong, shackled and guided by U.S. marshals, appeared before a federal magistrate Monday on the felony retaliation charge. Armstrong allegedly told a federal agent that he didn’t want to kill the undercover operative, he just “wanted to hurt him real bad.” He was arrested Saturday in Blanding and faces a possible 20-year prison term and a $250,000 fine for making known his intention originally to a “confidential witness” to attack the undercover operative. Here’s hoping they throw the book at him. Link.
That’s all for now!
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