New Clues In What May Have Happened To Amelia Earhart

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HONOLULU, HAWAII (CNN) - Experts are poring over new underwater pictures that may help solve one of the most tantalizing mysteries of the 20th century.  What happened to aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and her plane in her fateful attempt to fly around-the-world in 1937.

CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva has the new development.

A spunky haircut and a wry smile...
Belied Amelia Earhart’s intrepid spirit...
Only the 16th woman in history to earn a pilot's license...
Earhart would push the limits of what aviators - and women - would dare to do...
Her disappearance over the pacific ocean 75 years ago elevated her legendary status...
Last month, researchers looking for clues embarked on yet another mission with high hopes...
"We think the Earhart plane is there.  We have the right people.  We have the right technology.  We have the right support."
There , is somewhere near  here ...
A coral atoll called Nikumaroro...
The tiny reef - just six kilometers long - belongs to the Republic of Kiribati...
A few hundred kilometers off Earhart’s intended flight plan -  
researchers zeroed in because of this photograph, taken in the 1930s...
That appeared to show a landing gear sticking out of the water...
The 2-point-2-million-dollar expedition last month recorded hours of underwater video near the site...
Pouring over pictures upon their return, the team paused on this image.
Perhaps nothing special to the untrained eye...
But to Gillespie’s team...
"It was a landing gear that we saw on the reef in the 1937 photo, and we're wondering if maybe we found the thing that we saw in the 1937 photo, although now broken into pieces...
Forensic scientists say this looks like man-made material in a debris field...
"That uppermost arrow, has the same shape and dimensions as the fender on the landing gear of a Lockheed Electra down to the right seem to be other components of the landing gear.  There's something there that might be a tire.
Potential new evidence that could be a step closer to solving a 75-year-old mystery.
Ralitsa Vassileva CNN.