Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Google Earth helping search for Steve Fossett

Click on the title for this blog entry to read an article in the British paper, The Guardian, about how Google Earth has updated their Nevada images in order to help the search for Steve Fossett, lost more than a week ago in his small aircraft. Partering with Amazon's Mechanical Turk, which pays people to search from home computers, the Google Earth images are turning up hundreds of plane crashes. So far, they have not located Fossett. Here is another story from the BBC, with good pictures and some more details. The Nevada Search and Rescue has already been using satellite images to scour the rugged area.

If you are interested in joining the search (or just looking around), visit this Googl Earth Blog post about the search.

Read here for an brief note about an earlier, similar effort to find Jim Gray, lost in a yacht, through Amazon's Mechanical Turk system.

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