Thad Roberts is the inspiration behind the New York Times best seller 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.
Thad 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, skindived off the shores of Hawaii, mined for rare gem stones, experienced zero gravity, extreme isolation, and explored the remains of a sunken ship.
When he was 22, Thad 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-astrophysicst, 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 Thad fell in love with a brilliant and beautiful Biology intern at NASA. Wanting to give her the moon (literally), Thad 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, Thad sold some of those pieces and landed in the middle of a government sting.
Thad was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison for his actions. Though he would never repeat those acts, Thad 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, Thad 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.
Thad left prison with something more valuable to him then a safe full of moon rocks – a manuscript over 700 pages long that lucidly describes how he was led to a new geometric axioms for the structure of spacetime. The result was quantum space theory (qst), a specific form of superfluid vacuum theory (SVT), which now stands as a candidate for the theory of quantum gravity. The opening chapters of Thad’s book ‘Einstein’s Intuition: Visualizing Nature in Eleven Dimensions’ can be found here: (Preface, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4,). A pdf of the entire pre-print book can be acquired upon request.
Thad 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. Thad encourages everyone 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 he believes that we can all rebound from our mistakes and reach for the stars.
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For more on Thad’s love story/infamous caper watch the interview with Ben Mezrich below.
To be introduced to quantum space theory TEDx-style, watch Thad’s presentation at TEDxBoulder 2010.
Contact us here if you are interested in joining the effort to explore the potential that Nature’s has a higher-dimensional structure.
(More photos can be found in the galleries section.)
Thad is currently undertaking a 7.5 month journey to enhance his connection to Nature, learn Spanish, and further his anthropological studies. Along with Angela and Chihiro, he will be traveling from Utah to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. The crew will then work as deck hands on small ships to sail to Columbia, Venezuela, and Trinidad and Tobago, and then begin island hopping to Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and the Cayman Islands. The crew will then fly to Peru for three weeks to participate in an Incan Anthropology Dig. Where they will go from there is entirely up in the air.
Throughout this journey Thad will continue to investigate the consequences of the assumption that the vacuum is a superfluid. He has learned that exposure to new ideas, new cultures, and new places tends to amplify the discovery process and enhance scientific creativity.