NASA/Goddard/MODIS Rapid Response Team
NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Gulf of Mexico and the Deepwater Horizon oil slick on May 10 and captured a visible image with its Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer Instrument. The oil slick is located southeast of the Mississippi Delta and appears as a dull gray color, almost in the shape of the letter "J." Directly north of the spill is the Alabama/Mississippi border. The area of the gulf where the slick is situated was virtually cloud-free with the exception of some high clouds (lower left, white).