Secretary of State Hillary Clinton totally geeked out at a State Department press conference Tuesday, at which researchers from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) (rawr) announced their intention to return to Pacific waters in search of Amelia Earhart's downed airplane, which went missing 75 years ago.

ABC news coverage described Secretary of State Clinton's mood at the event as "exuberant," and included this quote:

"Wow. This is an exciting day. We haven't had an event quite like this one before and that's what I love about it."

She added that Earhart's "legacy resonates today for anyone, boys and girls, who dream for the stars."

Play it cool, Hillary. Play it cool.

A newly-enhanced photograph taken just months after Earhart's plane vanished appears to show what historians say could (and that's a big old could) be the aircraft's landing gear protruding from water of a remote island in the South Pacific.

Members of TIGHAR will venture to the island, located off the coast of the tiny nation of Kiribati, this summer. They hope to uncover the wreckage of Earhart's Lockheed Electra, and perhaps even the remains of Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan.

And, hey, dream big: Maybe they'll even find Amelia and Fred alive and well. Though, as they would be 115 and 119, respectively—and are rumored to have been spies, hence: very good at sneaking—that's less likely.

[Image via Getty]