A TV channel is betting that it has what it takes to solve the decades-old mystery of the disappearance of famed aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.
National Geographic announced plans for “Expedition Amelia,” which will conduct an ocean search aboard EV Nautilus, owned by the Ocean Exploration Trust under the direction of Chief Operating Officer and Expedition Leader Allison Fundis.
Deep-sea explorer Bob Ballard, who found the wreck of the Titanic in 1985, will oversee the expedition, which seeks to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the past century.
The scientific expedition is jointly funded by National Geographic Partners and National Geographic Society. National Geographic Society’s archeologist-in-residence, Fredrik Hiebert, joins Ballard and will lead a team to search for signs of Earhart on land following clues that may lead to the location of her bones.
Ballard has assembled a group of Earhart experts, scientists and technicians for the monthlong journey that departs from Samoa to a remote Pacific atoll called Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati on Aug. 7, 2019.
A two-hour special, “Expedition Amelia,” will delve into the effort, premiering Sunday, Oct. 20, on National Geographic.
Click here for full details in the Nat Geo announcement.