Persian Gulf seen from the Space Station
Persian Gulf - Space Station

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March 24, 2004: This photo of a large black smoke plume from an oil fire was taken by an Expedition 8 crewmember on the International Space Station as the Station orbited northeastward across Saudi Arabia. According to a front-page story in the New York Times, an oil pipeline near the channel of Shatt al Arab in southeastern Iraq on the Persian Gulf ruptured the day before. The resulting oil spill ignited and its smoke can here be seen to extend over 100 miles northwestward into southern Iraq.

Source: Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth at NASA Johnson Space Center.

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