NASA Officially In On The Hunt For The Lost Malaysian Aircraft
With more and more information coming in about the mysterious disappearance of the Malaysian plane, the US space agency NASA has put their foot down and has officially joined the international search operation to find the aircraft that vanished with 239 people aboard.
The world's most prominent space agency will carry the search operations by analyzing satellite data and images gathered since flight MH370 disappeared and perhaps decipher its exact location.
Allan Beutel, from NASA, said "Activities under way include mining data archives of satellite data acquired earlier and using space-based assets, such as the Earth-Observing-1(EO-1) satellite and the ISERV camera on the International Space Station, to acquire new images of possible crash sites."
The images that are caught from NASA's instruments could be used to identify objects of about 98 feet or larger. The data collected will be sent to the US geological survey's Earth Resources Observations and Science Hazard Data Distribution System. They are willing to share information whenever the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters is activated.
Using the ISERV camera system, which was launched in July 2012, they will observe specific areas of the globe for disaster analysis and environment study.
On Wednesday (March 12), however, Chinese officials said that they had spotted a possible crash site for flight 370. Their satellite captured images of three large floating object in the waters northeast of Kuala Lumpur. This was found on the plane's flight path.
There will be a follow up investigation to see if the objects are indeed pieces of the Malaysian airlines plane.
The Beijing-bound boeing 777-200 mysteriously went missing from radar screens an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on March 7 and despite massive search operations, there has been no trace of the missing aircraft.
The search stretched to the Indian Ocean today.