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Hello Amelia? Are you there?

Nearly 75 years after the disappearance of the legendary pilot Amelia Earhart, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery is about to launch an expedition that could finally locate the lost pilot. The company has created an updated deep underwater vehicle to search for remains of Earhart and her plane and will primarily focus in the Pacific waters off of Nikumaroro, where they believe Earhart died after surviving a few weeks as a castaway. Immediately after her crash, the Navy concluded the most plausible explanation was that Earhart’s plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific near Howland Island.  

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However, current research suggests that Earhart made it past Howland Island and crashed near Nikumaroro Island instead. Archival records indicate that there was a discovery in Nikumaroro in 1940 of remains of a female skeleton at a campsite and other archaeological digs support that “there have produced artifacts that speak of an American woman of the 1930’s” (Discovery). This expedition will focus on locating Earhart’s plane and will use high-tech machines, such as a multi-beam sonar, to produce a map of the deep sea and identify specific “targets”.

The expedition will span from Honolulu to Nikumaroro Island in the Pacific Ocean and identify areas of interest through an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. One major area of interests is an object that is protruding off of a coral reef and director member, Gillespie, and his Aircraft Recovery team believe that the shape and size of the protruding object might be Earhart’s plane. Although the evidence suggested does not provide complete proof of Amelia Earhart’s discovery, it does promote hope and the belief that the legendary pilot might one day be found. What do you think? Do you think Amelia Earhart will ever be found, or do you believe what happened to Amelia will always remain a mystery?

http://news.discovery.com/history/amelia-earhart-search-resumes-120320.html 

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  1. lexicory
    March 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Us Americans always love to figure things out and to try and know everything. For this reason, I believe that we will most likely, probably very soon, know for as sure as possible what happened to Amelia Earhart. However, I personally don’t think it’s in the best interests of our country to be spending time and money on this matter, during this stage of our country and with the upcoming elections, jobs crisis, budget bills, etc. This topic takes last place in my mind when vying for American interests and money. I saw a short report on the Amelia Earhart segment last night on CSPAN, and how Hillary Clinton is devoting a lot of effort to “uncovering the truth”, as if doing this will have an impact (arguably if any at all) on the current status of the United States. Sure it’s a great tale of heroism and science advancements in that era, but as one anchor put it last night “Why not just let a mystery remain a mystery?” I agree with him. He went on to state that many people, himself included, enjoy these little mysteries of our past, and wouldn’t mind them remaining that way. I, for one, agree. I understand the intrigue of “finally solving this huge hold in aircraft history”, but is it really worth the time and money? As the anchorman said, “let what is a mystery, remain a mystery.” Everything needs a little mystery sometimes.

  2. MTDM
    March 28, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I agree completely with the first comment. I think it’s reckless to be promoting funding and energy into this right now. America clearly has some issues that are more worthy of the time and energy than finding an old airplane. And honestly, the mystery of it all is a lot more exciting. Not everything needs to be figured out at all costs, and especially not when we are in an economic crisis!

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