Ten tiny microfilm King James Bibles that have been to the surface of the moon were locked up in the Tulsa County Courthouse during an ongoing legal battle between a Tulsa author and the state of Texas.

How Carol Mersch came to be in possession of the Bibles worth potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars — and how the court systems in Texas and Oklahoma got their hands on them — is a complex tale of intrigue, religious fervor, a fiery death on a Cape Canaveral launch pad and a former NASA chaplain allegedly held incommunicado and against his will by the state of Texas.

Original reporting by Bill Sherman, Tulsa World