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NASA Satellite Keeping Eye on the Gulf Oil Spill

NASA Satellite Keeping Eye on the Gulf Oil Spill

POSTED: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 10:27am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm

NASA's Aqua satellite flew over the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, May 4, at 18:50 UTC, or 2:50 p.m. EDT. The Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible-light image.

The bulk of the spill appears as a dull gray area southeast of the Mississippi Delta. Credit: NASA/Goddard/MODIS Rapid Response Team