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Satellite operator asks for public's help to find missing Malaysian flight

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UNDATED (CNN) - A major U.S. satellite operator uploaded fresh images in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

It's all part of a so-called "crowdsourcing" effort.

Hundreds of thousands of volunteers scouring satellite images online, for any clue of the plane's whereabouts.

The Boeing 777 is no small aircraft, but in this case, it feels like a needle and the ocean is the haystack.

That's why a Colorado company, called DigitalGlobe, has enlisted the public to help find the missing plane.

"And we'll ask you to mark anything that looks interesting. Any sign of wreckage or life raft," Luke Barrington, Digital Globe said.

The company has pointed a couple of its orbiting satellites at the Gulf of Thailand and put the images online at tomnod.com for people to scour for anything suspicious.

See something interesting--- you tag it with an easy click.

A CNN IREPORTER, found this image, that he thought resembled the shape of a plane.

No word on what if anything it is, but by crowdsourcing the images, you put more eyes on possible clues.

It's not the first time satellite imagery has been used in this way

It helped track tornado damage last year in Moore, Oklahoma and more recently the floods in Colorado.

But the most well known example of crowdsourcing following a tragedy occurred after the boston marathon bombings.

Investigators asked attendees to submit any image or video that might assist them in locating the perpetrators.

As for the plane, the sheer number of digital volunteers has overwhelmed the website, a sign of a public eager and willing to help

"In many cases the areas covered are so large or the things looking we're for are so hard to find that without the help of hundreds of thousands of people online we'd never be able to find them," Barrington said.


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