Yep, the headline’s right people – an astronaut found sunken treasure from way up in space and kept the thing secret until his dying days.
In a way, it’s the ultimate selfish act. ‘Oh that old thing? Yeah I know where it is. Not gonna tell you where, though. Cya!’
Yet on the other hand, I also bear great respect for Mercury 7 space-lad Gordon Cooper for trolling everyone around him for decades on end.
While on the job during the record-breaking Faith 7 flight in 1963, Cooper was scanning for nuclear launch sites over the course of 22 revolutions around Earth when he found numerous objects deep beneath the sea.
He’s since produced Cooper’s Treasure, with indie production studio Ample as well as Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.
He deduced right away that they were shipwrecks because they were smaller, yet they were out in the middle of nowhere — very isolated locations throughout the Caribbean, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, South America and off the coast of Florida
We did a lot of research together and we were setting up expeditions with my father, initially, and my father broke away.
We have an estranged relationship, my father and I, so Gordon and I developed a really strong bond.