The world's obsession with Amelia Earhart isn't altogether difficult to understand: 76 years ago, Earhart and her flight navigator disappeared somewhere between New Guinea and the Pacific's Howland Island. Theories have long abounded that try to explain what exactly went down.

But pilot Dana Timmer would like to finally put some of those theories to rest by launching an expedition to discover the wreckage of Earhart's plane. And he wants $2 million of your money to do it. Timmer has set up a Kickstarter to fund a high-tech search for the wreckage of Earhart's Lockheed Electra near Howland Island, where he believes the plane to have crashed. In return, the group, which will be led by an experienced deep-sea search firm, will reward Kickstarter funders with daily updates, a live video stream, and an eventual documentary after the search's conclusion.

"You'll get a rare and inside close-up look at what it takes to search for objects below in up to 18,000 feet of water; with interviews of the project team and crew members, as well as opportunities to have your questions answered," Timmer said.

This is probably one of the most interesting uses of Kickstarter we've seen in a while, even if the chances of recovery are slim. So far, Expedition Amelia has raised over $12,000 of its $1,960,000 goal with just over a month to go.

[via The Verge]