Fifty miles off the coast of Nantucket, 250 feet beneath the Atlantic, lies the RMS Republic and her secret treasure. As soon as Republic sank, rumors spread of a precious cargo, but the ship has kept her secrets intact for over a century, until now. Life-long treasure hunter Martin Bayerle joined Connie Willis (email) for all four hours to discuss how he has devoted the past 35 years of his life researching the shipwreck and proving the existence of her reputed cargo of 150,000 American Eagle gold coins, a bounty worth a billion dollars in today’s economy, and his quest to recover the it on his second attempt at the Republic.
China's National Space Administration looks to make history this weekend as it sends Yutu, the nation's first lunar rover, to the moon. Meaning 'Jade Rabbit' in English and seen here in an artist's depiction of the craft, Yutu is expected to land on the lunar surface on December 14th and then spend the next three months exploring the area. More on the story at Space.com