This satellite shot from space shows the immensity of the spill. The tiny speck of an airplane flying above only serves to provide a disheartening sense of scale to the catastrophe. The BP well is pumping 5,000 barrels of oil into the gulf every day. Undersea robots failed to stop the flow, Air Force planes are poised to dump chemicals on the spill, and now thousands of first responders and National Guard troops are scrambling to keep the oil from reaching the coast.
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