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Photos: The Incredible Life and Times of Amelia Earhart

Joy

Amelia Earhart laughs with joy during a trip to Northolt in a Moth plane on June 24, 1928.

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Earhart laughs with joy during a trip to Northolt in a Moth plane on June 24, 1928.

Family portrait

Amelia Earhart in Culmore near Derry city, with the Gallagher family in whose field she landed after becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

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Amelia Earhart in Culmore near Derry city, with the Gallagher family in whose field she landed after becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

Addressing the crowd

Amelia Earhart addresses journalists during lunch at the Criterion in London.

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Earhart addresses journalists during lunch at the Criterion in London.

Ocean flight

Amelia Earhart is pictured in the Solent at Southampton after completing an ocean flight from Newfoundland in her seaplane, "The Friendship."

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Earhart is pictured in the Solent at Southampton after completing an ocean flight from Newfoundland in her seaplane, "The Friendship."

Across the Atlantic

American pilot Amelia Earhart after her solo Atlantic flight from the U.S. to Londonderry, arriving at Hanworth Aerodrome in England on May 22, 1932.

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Earhart arrives at Hanworth Aerodrome in England on May 22, 1932, after her solo Atlantic flight from the U.S. to Londonderry.

Visiting the ambassador

Amelia Earhart outside the American ambassador's house. In 1932. she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in the record time of 13 hours 30 minutes.

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Earhart outside the American ambassador's house. In 1932. she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in the record time of 13 hours 30 minutes.

Crawl space

Amelia Earhart checking equipment on her airplane, circa 1937.

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Amelia Earhart checking equipment on her airplane, circa 1937.

Taking flight

Amelia Earhart in a Department of Commerce airplane in 1936.

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Earhart in a Department of Commerce airplane in 1936.

A legend

A portrait of Amelia Earhart, circa 1935.

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A portrait of Amelia Earhart, circa 1935.

In mourning

Mourners lay a wreath on the Cenotaph to honor pilot Amelia Earhart.

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Mourners lay a wreath on the Cenotaph to honor pilot Amelia Earhart.

Denise Chow

Denise Chow was the assistant managing editor at Live Science before moving to NBC News. Before joining the Live Science team in 2013, she spent two years as a staff writer for Space.com, where she wrote about rocket launches and covered NASA's final three space shuttle missions. A Canadian transplant, Denise has a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, and a master's degree in journalism from New York University.