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NASA | Satellites View Growing Gulf Oil Spill

Two NASA satellites are capturing images of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which began April 20, 2010 with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. This short video reveals a space-based view of the burning oil rig and, later, the ensuing oil spill through May 24. The timelapse uses imagery from the MODIS instrument, on board NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites. The oil slick appears grayish-beige in the image and changes due to changing weather, currents, and use of oil dispersing chemicals. This video can be downloaded in full resolution at: Images in this video times series were selected that show the spill most clearly. The full image archive is available at: You can learn more about the oil spill by visiting: Imagery and information about the oil spill is also available on NASA's Earth Observatory Natural Hazards Web page: Like our videos? Subscribe to NASA's Goddard Shorts HD podcast: Or find NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on facebook: Or get tweeted by us:
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