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Inspiration for NYT Bestseller Sex on the Moon
Thad Roberts is the inspiration behind the New York Times bestseller Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History, which is being adapted into a feature film by Sony Pictures. Read More >
Roberts enjoys exploring unfamiliar realms and seeking out new experiences in an attempt to absorb new perspectives and to expand his own horizons. He has been dropped down a mine shaft in Peru, discovered a Tyrannosaurid tooth in the Utah deserts, skin-dived off the shores of Hawaii, mined for rare gemstones, experienced zero gravity and extreme isolation, and explored the remains of a sunken ship.
When he was 22, Roberts was hired on as a co-op at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He started out as an astrophysicist, moved to geo-astrophysicist, and then eventually became a flight lead in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory where he scuba dived with the astronauts, helped train them for their EVAs (space walks), and participated in underwater studies of the International Space Station mock-ups.
At age 25 Roberts fell in love with a brilliant and beautiful biology intern at NASA. Wanting to give her the moon (literally), Roberts masterminded the infamous moon rock caper and made off with contaminated lunar samples. 33 years to the day after Neil Armstrong first picked up a piece of the moon, Roberts sold some of those pieces and landed in the middle of a government sting.
Roberts was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison for his actions. Though he would never repeat those acts, Roberts doesn’t regret how things turned out. Despite the isolation, loneliness, and hard lessons that defined those years, he notes that without that time of intense dedication and constant focus he may have never dived so deeply into questions about the construction of our universe. After coming face to face with his own insecurities, Roberts decided to overcome the odds of his past mistakes and to once again strive for his dreams. His days in prison were spent teaching, exercising, wrestling with the mysteries that plague modern physics, and exploring new axiomatic assumptions that might account for them.
Roberts left prison with something more valuable to him then a safe full of moon rocks—a manuscript over 700 pages long that lucidly images a fractal structure to the geometry of space-time, unveiling an axiomatic structure that might be responsible for the unexplained mysteries of modern physics. Roberts’s research is centered around the possibility that quantum mechanics is emergent—that instead of being exact, quantum mechanics is a very accurate approximation to a deeper-level deterministic theory.
Thad Roberts is now living a life full of love, adventure, and friendship, and he is still shooting for the stars. He works to contribute to Einstein’s dream of unifying the realms of relativity and quantum mechanics into one intuitively accessible map of Nature, and he is taking steps to one day fly to space. Roberts encourages audiences to chase their dreams, to experience the world for themselves, and to support others in their dreams. He believes that a first step in committing to your dreams is making a list of things done and things to do. With each other’s support we can all rebound from our mistakes and reach for the stars. Read Less ^
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Thad Roberts provides an intimate look into his life as a Mormon turned adventure seeker and aspiring astronaut who stole moon rocks from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and spent time in federal prison—all to impress a girl. As the subject of the book Sex on the Moon, Roberts takes audiences on a thrilling yet emotional journey full of heartbreak and hope, inspiring audiences to chase their dreams and change their lives.
"Thad Roberts's talk "Sex on the Moon" was a spectacularly interesting event that was the perfect combination of science, adventure, humor, and inspiration. He shared ideas about taking hold of life and seeing the good in things even when a situation seems hopeless. I would recommend this talk to everyone, this story will appeal to almost any audience."
"Listening to the story of Thad Roberts’s roller coaster life was like watching an exciting movie. He found the inspiration to shoot for his dream, and then, when the whole world came crashing down on him, he managed to find hope. His story [encourages us] to never give up pursuing our dreams."
"I was lucky to hear Thad Roberts’s speech, and I am so honored to have gotten to know him. I was moved [by] his mission is to “help as many people as possible follow their dreams and learn to love.” I hope that every person will realize they are more than they have achieved now, learn to confront the adversity in their life, learn from their mistakes, pursue their dreams, and feel the importance and preciousness of love."
"When I first heard that Thad Roberts was coming to speak at my university, the only thing I knew about him was that he was an astrophysicist. As I would like to work in that field someday, this alone was enough to convince me to attend. However, I found out that this lecture is one that no other astrophysicist can give. Thad shares a very personal story of his successes and tragedies, from beginning his career as an astrophysicist to his time in a federal prison and his new life today
His story of his pursuit to become an astronaut is very inspirational, as after everything that has happened, he still hopes to walk on Mars someday. The entire event was fascinating and enjoyable. Even if you are not interested in astronomy or astrophysics, you will still find entertainment and inspiration in Thad Roberts's lecture."
"Thad’s speech was natural and touching, and I was impressed by his love and courage. After experiencing adversity, he now [inspires] others that their dreams will come true. It was an honor to have met him at this seminar."
"Thad’s lecture pointed out five tips for success in chasing our dreams. The first was to declare to the world what we want to do or be. Second, we need to be willing to ask for advice and to accept the help of others in order to most efficiently learn how to make our dreams come true. Third, we should continuously motivate ourselves and clarify the pathway toward our dream. Fourth, we can learn to interpret fear as a milestone that is to be overcome. Fifth, when practicing kindness we need to remember to also be kind to ourselves. You [must] hear how incredible his story is! Don't miss it!"
"Thad Roberts taught us how dreams are achieved. His story will no doubt bring you inspiration, and help you resurrect the dream you have left behind in your everyday life. This lecture was amazing."
"Thad Roberts gave me new insights about how enthusiastic we can be in the pursuit of our dreams. Thad kept all 400 audience members listening with fascination. We were impressed and we felt love, sympathy, and compassion. Obviously, Thad committed some serious mistakes in his past, but I strongly believe that those actions were necessary steps to really achieve his lifetime dream."
"As an aviation pilot and a former fighter pilot in Japan's Self-Defense Air Force, I immediately recognized Thad's outstanding ability in leadership as well as his determination in his life. What is excellent about Thad Roberts is that he grew through real love. His story is about awareness, and his message is that any obstacle can be overcome if you have love and passion. I truly want to share Thad's story with everyone."
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