National Geographic to Send Famed Explorer to Solve Amelia Earhart Mystery

The National Geographic channel has plans to send Robert Ballard, the deep-sea explorer who discovered the wreckage of theTitanic, to the South Pacific to try and find out what happened to aviator Amelia Earhart. Ballard and his crew will head for a remote atoll called Nikumaroro near the Phoenix Islands, halfway between Hawaii and Australia in the Pacific Ocean. The explorer will use remotely operated vehicles to search coral on the northwest side of Nikumaroro, while simultaneously searching land on nearby islands. Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared without a trace in July 1937, as they were attempting to fly around the world. Ballard, a veteran of 160 deep-sea expeditions, tells theWashington Postthat he's long been intrigued by an Earhart search, but has hesitated because, "I'm in the business of finding things. I don’t want to not find things.” The network will air a two hour special called Expedition Ameliaon October 20th.