The BP Oil Spill as Seen by Astronauts on the ISS


Photo: NASA, public domain.
You Know a Disaster is Big When You Can See It From Space...
When a disaster is as massive as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, sometimes you have to go all the way to space to see all of it at once. The photo above (and below) was taken by an astronaut on board the International Space Station (ISS). It was taken on May 4th, so since then many more thousands of barrels of oil have leaked into the Gulf.
Photo: NASA, public domain.

NASA provides this context to the photo: "This detailed astronaut photograph from May 4 provides a different viewing perspective on the ongoing event. The image is oblique, meaning that it was taken from a sideways viewing angle from the International Space Station (ISS), rather than from a "straight down" (or nadir) view, which is typical of automated satellite sensors. The view in this image is towards the west; the ISS was located over the eastern edge of the Gulf of Mexico when the image was taken."

For the photography buffs reading this, the pic was taken with a Nikon D3S digital camera fitted with an effective 160 mm lens.

See also: Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: The What, When and Where [UPDATED]

Via NASA
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