During March and April of 2006, Nauticos conducted its second Deep Sea Search for Amelia Earhart. Although the mission successfully mapped the planned search area, the Electra was not found. We are committed to continue the project, and are planning the next expedition for the earliest opportunity in 2010. Please contact us at
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Thanks to the sponsorship by SeaWord
of both an educator and a student on the 2006 Earhart expedition,
a wide range of educational objectives were met. Both individuals
grew immensely in their understanding of deep-sea exploration, the
ocean, marine geology, sonar and other aspects of shipboard operations.
The on board educator returned to her classroom and shared her experience
with her students, and will be presenting to other teachers in her
district during their summer institute. In addition, she will be
integrating her experience into her middle school science curriculum
for years to come.
During the expedition, the education team ran a SEA school open
to all hands on board. Seventeen members of the expedition presented
34 different topics sharing their exper-tise with their shipmates.
SEA school allowed a rare opportunity for a diverse group of very
accomplished and naturally curious people to learn from each other.
A daily paper was published while we were at sea to keep the team
informed of progress and daily events. The SeaWord sponsored student
was a major contributor to this paper, writing a daily feature highlighting
a member of the expedition team. An unexpected event during the
expedition was the opportunity to communicate on several occasions
with astronauts on board the International Space Station. These
conversations via ham radio were video taped on both ends and a
DVD is being made to share with students during presentations by
ham radio groups and by members of our education team.
Another goal of the education team was to collect materials in video
and photo format in order to share the experience of the search
with the general public. Photos were captured of all aspects of
the trip and compiled and distributed to mission members. Video
clips of our onboard student interviewing experts on renavigation,
sonar images, image analysis, deep sea pressure effects and ISS
communication were collected. These materials are in place to integrate
into a website when authorization is granted by the expeditions
sponsor. We will share more information as it is released.