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Gulf of Mexico oil spill seen from space
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- Title Gulf of Mexico oil spill seen from space
- Released 05/10/2010 10:44 am
- Copyright ESA
This Envisat optical image captures oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico after a drilling rig exploded and sank off the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi, USA, on 22 April 2010. The oil spill is visible as a dark purple whirl in centre bottom. Envisat acquired this image with its Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) on 29 April.