Help Find Steve Fossett

Chris Higgins

A little over a week ago, adventurer Steve Fossett was reported missing in Nevada, after he failed to return from a solo flight. Search efforts have not located him so far. In a move similar to the (failed) February search for Microsoft researcher Jim Gray, you can now help search for Fossett using your personal computer.

Amazon's Mechanical Turk system is being used to search for Steve Fossett. Using new satellite images of the search area, you can browse through online images, searching for signs of the plane. You can also use Google Earth if you want to get a closer look at a particular piece of ground. If you find something, simply flag the image and a team of experts will inspect it. Every image will be reviewed by multiple volunteers, so don't worry that you might accidentally miss something.

You can get started searching, or read more about the disappearance (and a bit more about the Google/Amazon effort).