2019 Expedition
Historical photo of Amelia Earhart standing on airplane

Nikumaroro Island

August 7 – 25, 2019

Expedition Partners

Lead Scientist
Expedition Leader

National Geographic is conducting an expedition focused on solving the mystery of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart with Explorer-At-Large Dr. Robert Ballard, the President of Ocean Exploration Trust. Aviation pioneer Earhart is considered one of the most intriguing and inspirational figures in history whose loss was so profound it has been felt for decades, spawning countless theories about how and where she disappeared. Following clues that have led to remote Nikumaroro Island in the Pacific Ocean, Dr. Ballard and the team aboard E/V Nautilus, equipped with the very latest in technology and scientific expertise, plan to explore the surrounding waters using remotely operated underwater vehicles and autonomous surface vessels. The expedition will be featured in a National Geographic documentary releasing October 20, 2019.

Sponsored by: National Geographic Partners and National Geographic Society

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