Discovery has picked up the series created by reality TV studio Ample and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television documenting Darrell Miklos’ hunt for treasure using a map drawn in space.
While on a mission photographing nuclear launch sites, astronaut Gordon Cooper noticed some strange masses that his equipment kept picking up. They definitely weren’t nuclear launch sites, but Cooper was convinced that the metal objects large enough to ping his equipment were something worth noting. He recorded their locations, noticing they were along the routes Spanish traders used and became certain that it must be sunken treasure. He kept what he’d seen a secret for 40 years before finally sharing the locations he’d written down with his friend and renowned treasure hunter, Darrell Miklos.
Cooper died from Parkinson’s Disease shortly after revealing his secret to Miklos in 2004. He didn’t have the chance to see if his suspicions about the masses had been right, and what would come of their discovery. Miklos carries on for Cooper, following the coordinates left by his friend. Aided by the reality series’ production team, Miklos hopes that the hunt will not only lead to one of the largest discoveries of treasure in history but will connect generations of explorers.
The years of innovation and exploration that have lead to the discovery of these treasures today is remarkable. The secret kept by Cooper, one of the original Mercury 7 team members, could update his legacy and make him a household name once more. The series will describe Cooper’s experience as an astronaut and how it led to him mapping dozens of treasure sites while in a cramped space capsule for 34 hours. It was even confirmed by Jerry Roberts, one of the engineers that created the systems for the Mercury spacecraft, that Cooper had exceptional eyesight and his recognizing the masses from space was exactly something that Cooper could do.
Check out the trailer for this amazing real-life treasure hunt series below.
So far Miklos’ team is 5 for 5 finding treasures listed on Cooper’s maps. With still over 100 to go, the reality series could have a long life and easily lead to film or scripted series reproductions.
Cooper’s Treasure premieres on Discovery on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 at 10 pm.
Images: Discovery with permission of NASA