Finding the Titanic wreckage is a pretty big achievement, but it didn’t tame Bob Ballard’s need to explore.
Bob discovered the remains of the ocean liner in 1985. Now he’s launching a new expedition to find Amelia Earhart’s long-missing plane.
Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were nearing the end of their trip around the world when they disappeared in the South Pacific on July 2, 1937. There have been many theories as to what happened to them after that day. Many believe that the plane crashed in the South Pacific. Others float the idea that they were taken prisoner by the Japanese.
A photo uncovered in 2017 seemed to support that theory, but it was later debunked.
In 2018, remains from Nikumaroro Island in the South Pacific that had been collected 80 years prior were tested by researchers at the University of Tennessee. The forensic testing concluded that the remains were likely those of Amelia Earhart. In a paper published in the journal Forensic Anthropology, researcher Richard L. Jantz wrote, “In the case of the Nikumaroro bones, the only documented person to whom they may belong is Amelia Earhart.”
Should that theory be true, Fred’s remains and the plane itself are all that’s left to be discovered. Bob’s expedition to find the missing plane will be documented in a two-hour documentary on National Geographic.
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