NASA Satellite Views of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill to Air on NASA-TV

Press Release From: Goddard Space Flight Center
Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011

Over the past year, two NASA satellites have captured images of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which began April 20, 2010 with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. This week, NASA will broadcast a videofile of the images on NASA-TV one year after the event beginning April 19.

The video will include a selection of images that show the site of the Gulf oil spill most clearly, as well as a time-lapse video over the past year. The time-lapse uses imagery from the Moderate Resolution Spectroradiometer instrument, that flies aboard NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites.

The images will run on NASA TV during the videofile segment on the Media Channel (#103) and the Public Channel (#101). Check NASA-TV's website for air times of the videofile segment.

To download broadcast quality images and video, visit:

For more NASA images of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, visit:

For scheduling information on NASA-TV and how to receive NASA-TV, visit:

NASA Satellite Coordinates: In continental North America, Alaska and Hawaii, NASA Television's Public, Education, Media and HD channels are MPEG-2 digital C-band signals carried by QPSK/DVB-S modulation on satellite AMC-3, transponder 15C, at 87 degrees west longitude. Downlink frequency is 4000 MHz, horizontal polarization, with a data rate of 38.86 Mhz, symbol rate of 28.1115 Ms/s, and 3/4 FEC. A Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) is needed for reception.

Rani Gran  
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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