NASA Photographs the Oil Spill from Space

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You can't turn on the news these days without hearing more about the tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  And not without good reason, thousands upon thousands of gallons of oil are escaping into the Gulf.

It's something that's hard to imagine, and really makes an impact when it's seen.   NASA has stepped up to provide the photographs that make the reality really hit home.   They've got planes flying around it for observation and different imaging satellites that show views not perceivable by the human eye.

But by far the most telling images are those gathered together in a slideshow video showing the disaster from its beginnings.  You can see the oil start to form on the surface, and eventually expand into a massive shape on top of the ocean.

It's a horrible sight, but it's a great reminder of the importance of photography.  You can see all of NASA's photographs of the event on their website.