Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be lending her high profile to the Amelia Earhart search expedition.
Clinton will be hosting an event Tuesday to celebrate Amelia Earhart and the United States' ties with its Pacific neighbors, according to a U.S. Department of State statement.
Secretary Clinton will be joined by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Clinton Tuesday will meet with historians and scientists from the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which is launching a new search in June for the wreckage of Earhart's Lockheed Electra plane, according to an Associated Press report.
Earhart's mystery disappearance has captured the world's imagination with a number of conspiracy theories floating around the incident. Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan left the Territory of New Guinea (now Papua New Guinea) July 2, 1937. The team was heading towards Howland Island in the South Pacific, but they never reached their destination.
Earhart had been hooked on to flying since her childhood and her last flight was part of her around-the world-flight trip. Had she completed the trip, she would have been the first woman to fly around the world following the equatorial route, which is the longest.
There are several theories about the disappearance. The most accepted version is that she and her navigator ran out of fuel and the plane plunged to Pacific Ocean killing both. The weather conditions were also reportedly bad and they were unable to communicate with the coast.
However, there are also theories which say that both of them survived the crash and might have lived for a short time. Some historians of the TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) also believe that Earhart landed successfully in reef-flat on Nikumaroro Island.
The investigations from the TIGHAR team found bones, shoe fragments and other artifacts on the island in 1991 which, they assumed, belonged to Earhart.
The TIGHAR will conduct a new search in the area in June and this coincides with the 75th anniversary of Earhart's last flight.
Tuesday's event will underscore America's spirit of adventure and courage, as embodied by Amelia Earhart said the department statement.