By Tim Binnall
Shipwrecks, Travis Walton's alien abduction experience, and the Apollo moon missions were among the fascinating topics covered this past week on Coast to Coast AM. And, here at the C2C website, we told you about a possible Ogopogo sighting, a new lead in the decades-old Amber Room mystery, and an odd mass discovered beneath the surface of the moon. Check out our round-up of highlights from the past week ... In Coast You Missed It.
With the anniversary of the moon landing just a few weeks away, the famed Apollo missions are receiving a much-deserved revisiting. On Wednesday night's program, veteran space reporter Charles Fishman shared lesser-known details about the space race including how the unfurling of the American flag on the moon was a last minute idea on the part of NASA and how Buzz Aldrin described the moon as having an almost sulfur-like smell.
Sea creatures stole the spotlight this week when it comes to unusual oddities in the news with a pair of sightings on both sides of the Atlantic. First, a man in British Columbia captured video of what he believes is Canada's famed lake monster Ogopogo, but an area expert on the creature wasn't quite so sure. Not to be outdone, over in Scotland, the Loch Ness Monster made another appearance to the amazement of a couple who managed to film the encounter.
The UFO phenomenon took center stage on a pair of C2C programs this past week, beginning with Saturday night's show featuring legendary alien abductee Travis Walton recounting his tale of being taken by ETs and host Connie Willis revealing her own dramatic experience which took place last month in the Colorado Rockies. Then, on Tuesday night's program, researcher Nick Pope weighed in on the latest happenings in the UFO field as well as the iconic 1980 Rendlesham Forest case.
Much like the Amelia Earhart disappearance and the Jack the Ripper case, nearly every year seems to bring a new development in the mystery of the infamous Amber Room. The ornate set of gold and amber panels from a Russian palace was pilfered by the Nazis during World War II and never seen again after the conflict ended. This week saw the latest treasure hunter making bold claims about having possibly found the elusive riches, leaving us to wonder if the search may finally be over or if it's yet another dead end.
By their very nature, shipwrecks possess an almost ghost-like quality that has fascinated people for centuries. On Sunday night's program, underwater archeologist Dr. Lee Spence discussed his decades-long career salvaging and researching vessels that have been lost at sea and either sunk beneath the waves to the ocean floor or floated adrift in some cases for years. He also talked about the vast amount of riches that are believed to be contained in shipwrecks around the world.
The wonders of space were a big part of the news cycle this past week, with a trio of intriguing stories making headlines. Astronomers announced the discovery of a giant mysterious mass located beneath the surface of the moon, sparking alien speculation in some quarters. Hopes that ET may be somewhere out in the cosmos were dealt a blow when researchers suggested that the number of planets believed to be habitable was probably a lot fewer than previously thought. And, NASA shared a humorous image of Mars that appeared to feature the Star Trek Starfleet logo on the surface of the Red Planet.
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