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Continued: From satellites to binoculars: Hardware sophisticated and simple used in search for Flight 370

  • Article by: NICK PERRY , Associated Press
  • Last update: March 21, 2014 - 2:21 PM

However, the images aren't definitive. They came from a DigitalGlobe satellite that can look left or right, but which gets lower quality images the father to the side it looks.

The satellites aren't like the all-powerful ones in the movies that can, say, read a license plate from space. The images appear to be little more than smudges to the untrained eye, and need experts to interpret them. One thing experts look for are reflections, which can help indicate whether a smudge is an object or just water movement.

Australian authorities have redirected other commercial satellites to the area to take higher resolution images, which may provide more answers.

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