06 May 2010

NASA photograph by International Space Station engineer shows oil spill

A photograph by International Space Station Expedition 23 flight engineer Soichi Noguchi shows the Mississippi River Delta and Louisiana coast. The oil spill, caused by the April 20 explosion of the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, appears at the bottom left side of the photograph above clouds which present as the rounded shape in the corner.

According to NASA, "The sunglint improves the identification of the oil spill. Oil on the water smoothes the surface texture, and the mirror-like reflection of the Sun accentuates the difference between the smooth, oil-covered water (dark to light gray ) and the rougher water of the reflective ocean surface (colored silver to white). Wind and water currents patterns have modified the oil spill’s original shape into streamers and elongated masses."

To report oiled or injured wildlife, please call 1-800-557-1401. To report oil on land or for general Community and Volunteer Information, please call 1-866-448-5816.

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Photo Credit: NASA