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Louisiana Oil Spill: NASA Images From Space (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 06/27/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:15 PM ET

An explosion on an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana began gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico on April 20th, leaking 42,000 gallons of oil into the water every day since then. NASA captured stunning satellite images of the massive spill, showing the scope of the damage that's threatening the coastlines, wildlife, and fishing areas.

SEE the oil spill from space:

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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi photographed the tail end of the Mississippi Delta on May 4, showing the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico. According to NASA, part of the river delta and nearby Louisiana coast appear dark due to the sunglint. This improves the identification of the oil spill, which is creating a different water texture.
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