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Titanic discoverer to look for Amelia Earhart

July 26, 2019 | Comment icon 22 comments



Can Robert Ballard determine what happened to Amelia Earhart ? Image Credit: Harris and Ewing
The man who discovered the wreck of the Titanic is now aiming to solve the disappearance of the famed aviator.
As far as underwater explorers go, Robert Ballard is perhaps the most accomplished of them all - having previously discovered a slew of famous wrecks including the Titanic in 1985, the battleship Bismarck in 1989 and the US aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in 1998.

Now he is turning his attention towards one of the most enduring unsolved mysteries of the 20th century - that of aviator Amelia Earhart who disappeared over the Pacific during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in her Lockheed Model 10 Electra in 1937.

In recent years, clues have been found suggesting that Earhart's plane may have gone down somewhere in the remote Pacific atoll of Nikumaroro and that the aviator and her navigator Fred Noonan may have even survived for several days on a small island while awaiting rescue.
As such, this is exactly where Ballard is going to be focusing his search.

"Amelia Earhart has been on my sonar screen for a long, long time. And I've passed on it," he said. "I'm in the business of finding things. I don't want to not find things."

Once he arrives in the region, Ballard with conduct searches with two teams - one underwater and one on the atoll itself. With any luck, he will be able to find some evidence that Earhart was there.

Given his track record, if anyone can solve the mystery - it's him.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (22)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by Hammerclaw 3 years ago
I hate remakes. No one can out TIGHAR, TIGHAR.
Comment icon #14 Posted by ScotDeerie 3 years ago
What could she possibly have been doing that couldn’t have been done better by the military? 
Comment icon #15 Posted by Manwon Lender 3 years ago
That has been a long standing thought of why she disappeared.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 3 years ago
Make her self look like someone that is not military
Comment icon #17 Posted by ScotDeerie 3 years ago
And...  ??  What? Fly over places?  Her flight wasn't a secret. Everyone knew she was in the air. And everyone knew what she looked like. I guess I can't figure out what "secret mission" she could have been on that wouldn't have taken .0000001 of a second for someone to figure out.  If you have any good ideas, please, share.  But as a conspiracy theory, there's just no meat on the bone.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Desertrat56 3 years ago
Interesting.  That must be why PBS aired a documentary about her that included her childhood last  night.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 3 years ago
Well, no one knows for sure, of course. At least not us in here. The CIA used high profile people before to be spies. Go back prior to WWII, the Americans were going to have a tour of a baseball team in Japan and the best player the Tigers had, Hank Greenburg, was actually a spy for the CIA, at least, on that tour. Right now, the CIA hires certain airline pilots to spy. They are not full time employees of the CIA but they spy.  In general, high profile people have access to more places and high ranking officials than us plebes
Comment icon #20 Posted by ScotDeerie 3 years ago
She was in a two person plane with a specific flight plan, not embarking on a Good Will tour of the world. There wasn't going to be socializing. Who was she going to get intel from?  Someone gassing up the plane?  It's a ridiculous premise created by people who can't deal with the fact that sometimes the **** hits the fan -- even for famous people.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Scholar4Truth 3 years ago
I always held the view that she was captured by the Japanese and executed by firing squad.  
Comment icon #22 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
They found a landing light of the electra some time ago no? I thing I read that on unexplained this winter?


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