NASA Views Oil Spill From Terra Satellite
NASA's Terra satellite flew over the Gulf oil spill during its orbit on Saturday, May 22 at 17:00 UTC (1 p.m. EDT) and captured a visible image of the spill. The oil slick is located southeast of the Mississippi Delta and appears as a dull gray color. Some high clouds (white) float over the northern extent of the spill.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's web update on Sunday, May 23, said "Shoreline assessments and overflights continued today as planned. As anticipated, areas of oil moved closer to the Chandeleur Islands today. With winds forecast from the north, this will tend to push the oil away from shore. However, the threat of oil impacting the coastline remains high."
Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/Terra
Text Credit: Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center