NASA has jumped onboard the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet that disappeared last Saturday. The extensive, international search has expanded to include the space researching agency known as NASA. NASA’s role includes analyzing the satellite data, as well as the images that have been gathered ever since the plane seemingly vanished into thin air from radar screens a week ago. The search efforts have been tremendous, with now a space researching company jumping onboard with what seems like the rest of the world as we all work together to solve this mystery once and for all.
NASA first began playing its role on Monday, when it started to examine different ways that they could contribute to the search party efforts.
“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,” said Allard Beutel, a spokesman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (also known as NASA). “The resolution of images from these instruments could be used to identify objects of about 98 feet or larger,” he stated to Space.com.“The space agency NASA will send any information it may receive on this matter straight to the US Geological Survey’s Earth Resources Observations and Science Hazard Data Distribution System (that’s a mouthful), which is used for the important process of sharing vital information when the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters in in full-motion,” Beutel said.
The flight was in route to Beijing when it suddenly fell off the radar without so much as a distress signal last Saturday. It vanished only an hour after it had departed from Kuala Lumpur on March 7th. The flight was carrying 239 people total; 227 passengers and 12 crew members.