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Space treasure map leads to a mysterious shipwreck site

A treasure map made in the years ’60 by astronaut Gordon Cooper has guided modern explorers to a mysterious shipwreck site.

A remarkable space treasure map has led explorers to a mysterious shipwreck site.

Researchers is a stack of six guns dating back to the years 1700, which may indicate that other treasures in the neighborhood. Darrell Barnabas, who led the team, will give rise to the finding during the latest episode of the Discovery Channel series “Cooper’s Treasure,” which airs on Fridays at 9 pm ET.

Armed with the map, Barnabas is the hunting potential treasure-laden shipwrecks in the Bahamas.

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“If and when a ship loses its only way of protecting himself (guns) then it is a telltale sign that they were in real danger,” he told Fox News by e-mail.

“One possibility is that the ship is dumped, the guns, because it was on so much water needed to get rid of all things heavy.”

Another possible scenario that is described by Barnabas, is that the ship is tossed around so much that it was listing to the left to the right, and the guns sunk ship. “Either way, finding the guns is a sure sign the ship’s final resting place is somewhere in the neighborhood,” he added.

The map was compiled in the 1960s by NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper to identify over 100 “anomalies” in the Caribbean that could be shipwrecks. Cooper, who died of Parkinson’s disease in 2004, created the map after his Mercury 9 Faith 7 flight. At that time he was said to have been on a mission to the identify of the Cold War, the nuclear threats.

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Before his death, Cooper gave the cards to his friend Barnabas, a historic shipwreck discovery specialist. Barnabas is using the maps to search for a variety of historic wrecks.

Barnabas told Fox News that his team had after a debris trail in the vicinity of Cooper’s chart. This was referenced with the information in a letter, written by the late astronaut.

“Mike Perna, our survey specialist, charted in multiple non-identified defects in the search area with the magnetometer,” said Barnabas. “To do research on the large area more easily, we decided to pull ourselves behind the boat to identify artifacts visually. We identified several (40 or more ships of the pins and spread ballast) smaller artifacts, but we were looking for a game changing discovery, and voilà!!”

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In the last season of “the Cooper’s Treasure,” Barnabas sets out to track 11 shipwreck sites in the Bahamas that can be loaded with silver, gold and other treasures, may be worth billions of dollars.

Information provided by Cooper shortly before his death indicates that there is as much as 290 tons of silver is only about 11 sites, which were visited in 1966, and by Cooper’s exploration partner, Kip Wagner.

Cooper’s research has contributed to the unearthing of a number of fascinating discoveries. During the previous season of the show, Barnabas and his team used the map to create a remarkable find in the Caribbean — a centuries-old anchor believed to be from one of Christopher Columbus’ ships.

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Analysis of the anchor, which was found from the turks and Caicos Islands, it appears that the dates between 1492 and 1550. The total size of the anchor and the estimated weight indicated that it was a “bower” anchor of a 300-ton ship, the typical size of a Columbus-era ship.

Fox News’ Lindsay Carlton contributed to this article.

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