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Searching for Steve Fossett

Posted September 13, 2007

Aviation pioneer Steve Fossett has been missing for more than a week.  He took off from Nevada, but never returned.

You can help search for the missing aviator here.  This is a link to a KML file of fresh satellite pictures of the search area.  Use Google Earth and try to spot the wreckage.

The idea: Millions of people around the world could search for him with high-resolution satellite images.  It's a neat concept.  Is this the first time a search has been opened to the public on Google Earth.  I can't remember any others.

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  • Steve Crisp Sep 14, 2007

    Might be a possibility, but it is doubtful. If you look at the topology of the area, you will see a lot of peaks and sharp valleys. Imagine three or four ski moguls converging together. That convergence is almost a pit within the spikes. If he augered straight down into one of those pits, the resolution of photos would be right at the limits of the footprint the wreckage leaves. And if the hillside were steep enough, his impact would probably dislodge a slew of debris that would roll into the convergence and actually cover the surface wreckage itself.

    His very adventerous nature is not gonna make this recovery an easy one at all.

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