There are two things Hollywood has been reliably obsessed with for decades: treasure hunts, and space exploration.
Discovery’s new documentary series, Cooper’s Treasure, combines the two in a compelling new tale, which began when one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, Gordon Cooper, discovered anomalies dark spots in the ocean while searching for nuclear test sites during one of his missions.
Cooper soon deduced that the spots were actually shipwrecks, and spent the next several decades using the information he collected while orbiting the Earth to create a document that he thought could lead to unimaginable wealth a treasure map from space.
Before he died, Cooper shared the information with his friend Darrell Miklos, in the hope that his exploration would continue and the treasure would ultimately be found, and Discovery went along for the hunt. Mashable has an exclusive sneak peek from the premiere of Cooper’s Treasure, in which Miklos lays out everything Cooper left for him to begin his quest.
Cooper’s Treasure premieres Tuesday, April 18 at 10 p.m. on Discovery. The show is produced for Discovery Channel by AMPLE and Amblin Television.