Is This "NASA" Image Actually a Photo-Shop Fake?
NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible satellite image of the Gulf oil spill on May 17 at 16:40 UTC (12:40 p.m. EDT) from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer Instrument on-board. The oil slick appears as a dull gray on the water's surface and stretches south from the Mississippi Delta with what looks like a tail.
Normally I would not question a Space.com image attributed to NASA, but this particular image has some suspicious features, and so far I have been unable to find the image on the NASA Images website or on the Terra satellite website.
The photo above is what I find on the NASA Terra site, which lacks the long, evil looking tail pictured on the topmost photo.
The problem with that ominous tail that jumps out at you, is that you would expect for the density of the slick to diminish, the further away from the leak site you look. But that is not what happens in the famous topmost photo here. In fact, if you follow the tail down its smooth, dense arc, you find an inexplicable blackness -- like a dark exclamation mark.
If anyone out there has better luck finding the photo in question on an official NASA site, please let me know.
Update: The image below was found at NASA's Earth Observatory site:
On May 17, 2010, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image, a large patch of oil was visible near the site of the accident, and a long ribbon of oil stretched far to the southeast.
If NASA claims the image, we will assume for now that it is real -- even though everything about it screams fake. NASA has made some bizarre claims in the realm of "climate change", so you really have to keep a close watch on government agencies -- particularly in the age of Obama Pelosi. Stay tuned.
Update #2: You can find a fun interactive graphic of the oil spill progression from 22 April 2010 thru 19 May 2010 at the NYTimes. The NOAA graphic for 17 May is not compatible with the NASA image above showing the long "tail".
Update #3: You can see a NOAA graphic of the Gulf Loop Current below:
Update #4 20May2010: The following image was obtained by radar satellite on 17 May 2010, and you can clearly see the "tail" feature plus a lot of other details that were missing from the topmost natural colour image from NASA's Terra sat. It is the extra detail that one can see in the radarsat image that makes the image much more believable.
radarsat image from 18 May 2010, demonstrating how quickly the shape of the oil slick can change.
WattsupwithThat and blogs.tampabay.com.
Now if we could only get good quality images showing the subsurface oil along with the surface oil, we would have a much better idea of the scope of the total spill as of now.
Labels: Oil Spills