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If you want to help look for the missing Malaysia Air flight from your home, you can do that by looking at satellite imagery which is being made available to the public by Blackbridge, a Lethbridge based company which one of the worlds largest imaging satellite providers. 
They have made images of the search area available, and will be updating the info as their satellites pass over the search areas. 

http://www.blackbridge.com/...

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  •  I can't make out anything on those images. (2+ / 0-)
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    worldlotus, TexMex

    Full zoom shows me nothing but blurred green and blue. If I can't make out a house or a car or a boat, how would I find plane pieces? What am I doing wrong?

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Sat Mar 15, 2014 at 06:36:58 AM PDT

    •  Me either. I went & could not figure out how to (1+ / 0-)
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      TexMex

      do whatever but will try again when I can.  Much different set up than the one used to search for Fossett & others via google Earth back in 2009 & I got a bit confused too since all I could see was what appeared to be clouds & bluish color.  The cloud thing really confused me.

    •  There's a zoom button top left corner (1+ / 0-)
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      worldlotus

      The website does a poor job of explaining how to use it, unfortunately.

      To mark a spot that looks promising, move the image  until the spot is directly under the silver dot that appears roughly in the center of the image selected. Then, type in a short description in the box at the left to explain why you selected it.

      Actually, quite simple but not intuitive.

      •  Deep Harm thanks! Glad to know it is this simple (1+ / 0-)
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        Deep Harm

        and will try again.

        I recall having a huge learning curve using google earth on the Fossett search with regards zooming in or onto a specific coordinate..back then it was easy to end up in another (distant) spot if I wasn't careful.  Glad to know that this site has highlighted specific "spots" to zoom in on or scan.

  •  I don't know what to say... (3+ / 0-)
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    worldlotus, TexMex, scrambler

    on one level, it's funny, but this is not a topic for joking around.

    On another level, if crowd sourcing search efforts turn out to work in this case, it will at the very least be one of the most significant mileposts on the timeline of the Internet.

    On yet another level, this is a brilliant social media marketing tactic by the company, but it's unfair to question their motives.

    Quite irrationally, I get a bit of a chill when the first thing I think of about a company named "Blackbridge" is "Blackwater."

    •  Actually, both crowd sourcing & the 'net have (2+ / 0-)
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      TexMex, The Eyewitness Muse

      been used successfully in the past:

      http://techcrunch.com/...

      I can't recall now the number who participated in the search for Steve Fossett's plane using the goggle Earth set-up but the way it was quite a few eyeballs looking 24/7.  

      The way it was designed made it easy for someone anywhere on the planet to join in (and report) if they had computer access.  If I recall correctly, other wreckages were discovered during this time as a result.

      At the time, it seemed so very astonishing to zoom in on a specific geo area & incrementally comb a landscape....it was very easy to end up spending hours doing so.

  •  Thanks (1+ / 0-)
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    worldlotus

    I was wondering how governments would be able to examine all of the possibly pertinent imagery. Crowd-sourcing is perhaps the best option available for a timely search.

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