But Steve Fossett isn’t in my underwear, you might say.

I just wanted to share an e-mail I got from Amazon Mechanical Turk this morning about using the power of distributed computing to find missing aviator Steve Fossett. It’s an idea that harnesses the power of the Internet for pure good. If you’re not too busy and want to help the search for Steve Fossett without leaving your chair, read on:

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Greetings from Amazon Mechanical Turk

On Monday, September 3, 2007, Steve Fossett, the first person to fly a plane around the world without refueling and the first person to fly around the world in a balloon went missing in Nevada. An airplane he was flying failed to return. No one has any idea where he is.

Through the generous efforts of individuals at several organizations, detailed satellite imagery has been made available for his last known whereabouts.

HITs have been created to ask volunteers to help review these images and flag potential areas of interest which will be instrumental in the search and rescue efforts.

If you are interested in helping, please click here to participate in the search effort.

This is a race against time and any help you can provide will make a huge difference.

Friends and family of Steve Fossett would like to thank you for helping them with this cause.

Amazon Mechanical Turk Team

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