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 in 1909, 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.
Forty-five years ago, on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 Lunar Module (LM) touched down on the surface of the Moon. On the eve of this anniversary, NASA has released a new look at the Apollo 11 landing site created using data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The new imagery shows the area's terrain in three dimensions. One can also see the LM, various scientific equipment, and the trails created by the astronauts' boots. Check out the video here.