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NASA Satellites Get Space-based View of Growing Gulf Oil Spill [Video]

NASA video release date May 27, 2010.


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 greyish-beige in the image and changes due to changing weather, currents, and use of oil dispersing chemicals. Images in this video times series were selected that show the spill most clearly.


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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:


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe.

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Uploaded on May 26, 2010