September 25, 2012
On August 06, 2012 a 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent landed on Mars. The coin is traveling as part of a calibration target that is attached to the Mars rover called Curiosity. Taking the 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent into space is a tradition used by astronauts where they place it next to objects from outer space for size comparison purposes when they show the images to the public.
The 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln cent belongs to Ken Edgett who is Mahls principal investigator. The mission was originally supposed to take place sometime in 2009. This is one of the main reasons why Edgett purchased the 1909 V.D.B. cent for the mission. It was a special way to celebrate the centennial of the coin.
The 1909 V.D.B. cent is accompanied by nine other scientific instruments. Curiosity's major mission is to find evidence on whether there were ever environmental conditions that supported microbial life. The 1909 V.D.B. cent has now been in Mars for about 55 days.
A Nevada 69 year old man by the name of Walter Samasko Jr. had $200 in his bank account but had secretly accumulated over $7 million worth of gold coins and bars in his garage. The Nevada authorities arrived at Samasko's home after receiving reports of a foul odor. It turned out that Samasko had been dead for over a month. Officials believe he died from a heart attack.
The gold coins and bars had hall marks from different World Mints. Some of the coins were from England, Mexico, Austria and South Africa, some even dated as back as 1872. The boxes of gold coins and bars were found in the garage and throughout the house. The coins and bars weren't discovered until the house was being cleaned and getting prepped for its sale.
Neighbors said they knew very little about Samasko. Except that he hadn't worked for over 40 years. According to Carson City Clerk Alan Grover, the IRS will get its portion and the rest of the gold and money, will go to any of his rightful heirs.