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Deepwater Horizon Oil Leak: A Month in Photos

The View from Space

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The View from Space

A camera aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft took this false-color image of the oil slick on May 17. The slick appears bright aqua in the image, which shows an area of 215 miles wide by 160 miles long. The white arrow points to what's probably a smoke plume from a controlled burn of some of the oil, and the two bottom images show enlargements of the area around the smoke plume.