11:05am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Discovery Hunting Treasure Using NASA Astronaut's Secret Map in New Docuseries (Exclusive)
Discovery Channel is aiming high with its latest series.
The network has greenlighted Cooper's Treasure, a documentary series following the quest of treasure hunter Darrell Miklos as he attempts to decode a treasure map of his boyhood idol and longtime friend, NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper.
The show is one of the network's most anticipated projects coming out of its upfront announcements this spring. It will join such top series as Gold Rush and Deadliest Catch, which had its season premiere Tuesday night, on Discovery Channel's schedule.
Cooper, an astronaut during the 1960s, took part in two space flights, during the Mercury and Gemini programs. Considered one of NASA's original space pioneers, Cooper uncovered troves of data and took some of the most iconic photographs of Earth.
In 1963, while on board Faith 7, the last Mercury mission, Gordon broke the record for longest space flight by completing a 122-hour mission. It was during this flight that he noted an anomaly around the South Caribbean. During his journey, he allegedly captured over 100 more of these anomalies. Working for decades in secret, Gordon created a map that he believed could uncover billions of dollars worth of treasure.
Before his death in 2004 from heart failure, Cooper shared his files of meticulous research with his longtime friend Miklos in the hope that his exploration would continue and the treasure would ultimately be found.
Along with a group of experienced explorers and researchers, Miklos is now setting out to uncover this treasure and fulfill his friend's dream.
Cooper's Treasure is produced for Discovery Channel for AMPLE, with Ari Mark and Phil Lott executive producing. For Discovery, Joseph Boyle is exec producer and Brian Peterson is coordinating producer.